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In the last week of September, Siddaramaiah wrote to his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar to stop the eviction. File photo: Mint (Mint)
In the last week of September, Siddaramaiah wrote to his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar to stop the eviction. File photo: Mint (Mint)

Karnataka to provide housing to Kannadigas facing eviction in Goa

Karnataka government to provide shelter and housing as part of its measures to rehabilitate Kannadigas settled in Baina Beach who face the threat of eviction by the Goa government

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Tuesday decided to provide shelter and housing as part of its measures to rehabilitate Kannadigas settled in Baina Beach who face the threat of eviction by the Goa government.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday asked the Karnataka Border Area Development Authority and other senior officials which included the state’s chief secretary to submit a report on the exact count of impacted persons and the total land required to rehabilitate them within three days.

Siddaramaiah said that a total of 30 acres would be purchased in Goa and sites measuring 20/30 would be given to impacted people.

A small population of Kannadigas—native to North Karnataka region—had migrated decades ago to neighbouring Goa to escape droughts back home but were recently asked to leave the state. Most of them work as daily wage labourers or in other menial jobs.

At least 55 homes were demolished by the local administration in September.

The decision to evict Kannadigas from the beach had caused a huge uproar in Karnataka with pro-Kannada organisations demanding action to help the stranded people.

In the last week of September, Siddaramaiah wrote to his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar to stop the eviction.

“Most of them are construction labourers and deserve humanitarian consideration," Siddaramaiah stated in his letter in the last week of September.

His cabinet colleagues and senior bureaucrats from the state have also conveyed their concern to the Goa government over the decision to evict the Kannadigas.

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