Harrisons estate: rehab package for tribals

Harrisons estate: rehab package for tribals
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First Published: Tue, Oct 06 2009. 01 15 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Oct 06 2009. 01 43 PM IST
Kochi: A two-year agitation by tribals and other landless people who had encroached upon Harrisons Malayalam Ltd’s rubber estate in central Kerala was called off on Monday after the state government arrived at an agreement with the Sadhu Jana Vimochana Samyukta Vedi (SJVSV).
Harrisons Malayalam is part of the R.P. Goenka group, while the SJVSV had been demanding land for the landless poor.
At least 1,432 families will be rehabilitated as part of the government package. Tribal families will get 1 acre of land and a house costing Rs120,000, and landless scheduled caste families will get half an acre and a house costing Rs1 lakh. Other landless poor families that were part of the agitation will get a quarter of an acre and a house worth Rs75,000, chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan announced on Monday. The government will take about three months to implement the package, he added.
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First Published: Tue, Oct 06 2009. 01 15 AM IST