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DAYS AFTER CM Anandiben Patel announced to extend the benefits of all government schemes to the Dalits of Mota Samadhiyala village in Una taluka of Gir Somnath district, following attack on them for skinning a dead cow, Balu Sarvaiya, the head of the family which was attacked, has sought free plots and inclusion of his name on the list of Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiaries.
During her visit to Mota Samadhiyala on July 20, the CM had announced to hold camps for seeking applications to enable villagers to avail of the benefits of the government schemes. Accordingly, government employees and officers have been surveying the village for the last five days and identifying potential beneficiaries. “We have received 31 applications from villagers seeking free residential plots and 21 applications for entry on the list of BPL families. Balu Sarvaiya is one of the applicants for free plots and entry on BPL list. He has demanded plots for himself and another for his son Vashram. He has also sought inclusion on BPL list for his family and his son who is married,” a government employee, who is doing the survey, told The Indian Express Tuesday.
Incidentally, a few government employees were seen seeking details of his family from Balu Sarvaiya on Monday. Balu, his wife Kunvar, their sons Vashram and Ramesh, nephews Ashok and Devshi as well as relative Bechar were allegedly attacked by a group of gau rakshaks while they were skinning a dead cow on July 11. Some of them were later taken to Una and flogged publicly.
“The taluka land committee will meet on August 2 to take a call on these 31 applications, along with others that might come from other villages of Una,” the employee said.
The land committee comprises local MLA, mamlatdar, taluka panchayat president, taluka development officer and chairman of social justice committee of taluka panchayat. As of now, Mota Samadhiyala has 47 BPL families and sources said that many of them have applied for free plots. There are 27 Dalit families in the village which has a population of around 1,500. Out of 27 Dalit families, around 22 are on the BPL list. Officers said a camp will be organised in the village Thursday for issuing cards of Mukhyamantri Amru-tum Yojana which gives entitlement of free medical treatment to poor families in case of serious illness.