On the International Indigenous People's Day Brinda Karat courts arrest with hundreds of tribals in Udaipur

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24 Aug, 18 11:38
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Udaipur: On 9th August ,2018 Hundreds of Adivasis marched from Mohta Park braving the incessant rains and reached the office of the divisional commissioner to raise their demands of land rights, Forest Rights , proper health care services and education facilities in the tribal regions. They were observing the indigenous people's day following the call of Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha, Adivasi Adhikar Manch, Adivasi - Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, Adivasi Jan Adhikar Ekta Manch, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and other fraternal organizations. The rally was led by Brinda Karat, former Member of Parliament and member of the Polit Bureau of Communist Party of India ( Marxist) , Rajesh Singhvi, president CITU , Comrade Prabhu Lal Bhagora ,District President of Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha , Comrade Shanker Lal Pargi , Secretary, Hakar Chand Kharadi , Adivasi Kisan Sangharsh Samiti and Dr. Sanjay Madhav. The rally was preceded by a public meeting at Mohta Park which was addressed by all the above and a few more party leaders. Addressing the meeting Comrade Brinda Karat said that the union government as well as the state government of Rajasthan is anti - tribal, anti- Dalit and anti farmer. They are usurping the land and other resources of the tribals and the poor farmers. In Udaipur itself Adivasi's huts were recently demolished and people arrested despite the assurance of the divisional commissioner himself. In other places Adivasis are being displaced in order to provide the land to some influential people for plantation. She said that the Chief Minister of Rajasthan is taking out " Gaurav Yatra" while the peasants and tribal people are being harassed and displaced. She alleged that it is an election gimmick. Even the declaration of a holiday on International Indigenous People's Day in some districts is an election gimmick and a step to ensure crowd in CM's meetings , she said. Rajesh Singhvi said that a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister bearing signatures of five thousand tribals was submitted to the commissioner. The demands included implementation of Swaminathan Committee's report , raising MSP of all the crops, Condoning of all types of loans of the tribal people, giving land ownership documents (Patta) to all the people settled in forest lands and other places . The rally began from Mohta Park and culminated at Divisional Commissioner's office where hundreds of tribals and peasants courted arrest in the leadership of Brinda Karat and Rajesh Singhvi.
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