Jalandhar: Two months after they raised their voice, Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner (DC) has directed Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM-II) to ensure allotment of five –marla plots to as many as 25 dalits ie landless labourers in Fateh Jalal village in the district.
DC Kamal Kishor Yadav directed SDM-II Varinder Pal to pay a visit to Fateh Jalal village, from where a large number of farm labourers had been on warpath with the Punjab government to get their legitimate right of five marla plots in the village panchayat land.
The farm labourers had been protesting against the state government for not fulfilling the demand of allotting plots to dalits. This despite the fact that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had agreed to provide plots to dalits but the district administration failed to initiate work.
A delegation of Pendu Mazdoor Union (PMU) led by its district secretary Kashmir Ghugshore had restarted their dharna from Monday, after which the district administration swung into action.
On Monday evening, SDM Bajwa reached Fateh Jalal, where the process of allotting plots to 25 dalit families started. The SDM also handed over Rs 3 lakh compensation from CM’s relief fund to the family a baby girl Priyanka, who reportedly died due to contaminated water supply in the village. The girl’s body was kept in the mortuary for last 20 days as a mark of protest by the villagers.
Kashmir Singh Ghughsore said that their repeated protests have yielded result. “Finally, the district administration woke up from its slumber and the labourers would be getting the plots. The PMU was again leading a protest on major demands like providing plots, MGNREGA scheme work and increasing the minimum wage to Rs 500 per day, waive off electricity bills and provide blue cards”, he said.
DC Kamal Kishor Yadav said that he met the labourers after which 25 dalit families were given the five marla plots. “There was a delay in providing five marla plots to the labourers, which was done on priority while Rs 3 lakh compensation to the victim’s family was also allotted”, he said.
Earlier the Fateh Jalal panchayat had first offered plots to the 25 dalit families at one location of the village but they were asked to relocate. Later, the dalits were asked to move to other location but the village panchayat started dumping slush water near their houses, leading to health hazard for them.
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