'Govt taking steps to end Chengara struggle'
The The CPI-M led LDF Govt in Kerala was committed to providing land to all landless people and steps were on to end the 'land right' agitation.india Updated: Dec 10, 2008 13:09 IST
The CPI-M led LDF Government in Kerala was committed to providing land to all landless people and steps were on to end the 'land right' agitation, led by Sadhu Janasamrakshna Samithi at an estate run by Harrison Plantation in Chengara in Pathanamthitta district, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said on Wednesday.
Replying to a calling attention on the issue, he said a group of people led by the Samithi, had encroached the plantation and was leading an agitation. The Kerala High Court had also asked the government to evict them from the plantation without using force, Achuthananan pointed out.
He said the people in Chengara would be given priority when the government assigns land, Achuthanandan said.
Adoor Prakesh (Cong) said that 16-month old agitation in the estate was causing hardship not only to the poor people participating in the agitation, but also to 500 odd workers of the plantation, who had lost work due to the struggle.
He demanded that the government take steps to end the strike by holding talks with Samithi leaders.