A day after Dalits of Dholka region threatened to take out a “naked march” in front of Ahmedabad Collectororate if the authorities did not take concrete move to ensure actual possession of land allocated to them under the provisions of the Agriculture Land Ceiling Act in 72 hours, the authorities Tuesday started land measurement in Saroda village.
Total 115 landless Dalit families of Saroda village were allocated 222 bigha land by Gujarat government in 2006 under the provisions of the ALC Act. However, they have been complaining that the possession has remained only on paper and it has been encroached upon. They also complained that the authorities had not been doing anything to resolve this problem despite repeated representations.
The Dalits, led by Jignesh Mevani and his team, had launched a Rasta Roko Andolan in front of Ahmedabad Collectororate Monday. Around 150 of them were also detained by police. Meanwhile, late on Monday night, the local revenue authorities in Dholka had given them an assurance that land measurement would begin Tuesday to give actual possession to the Dalit beneficiaries.
Mevani said, “The Dholka mamlatdar has started land measurement in Saroda today. And we hope that this will pave the way for giving actual possession to the 115 beneficiaries of Saroda. The revenue authorities have also said that the possession will be given in next 15 days.”
Resident Additional Collector Atul Gor said, “Yes, we have started land measurement in Saroda of Dholka today. And it is part of the procedure to ensure physical possession to the beneficiaries.”