Adivasis in Kodagu end protest after govt assures of providing housing

Adivasis in Kodagu end protest after govt assures of providing housing

Submitted by Kumuda on Fri, 2016-12-23 19:50 Bengaluru: Adivasis in Diddahalli in Kodagu district ended their protest after the state government said it would rehabilitate them at a separate housing facility.More than 500 families have been up in arms after their houses were razed on December 7 by forest officials for building huts on forest land. The forest department reportedly hadn’t given prior notice to the adivasis to vacate their houses.Social Welfare Minister Anjaneya said families who had lost their houses would be given a separate housing facility. "We will release Rs1 crore so that houses can be built for these families. They will be given houses within one month’s time. Till then, they can stay in their tents," he added.As many as 578 families belonging to Jenukuruba, Bettakuruba, Sholia, Yerava and Paniya tribes were living in huts and sheds on a 2.5 acre plot near the coffee estates since June 2016.