July 14, 2017
The government’s aid to bonded laborers under the Kamaiya rehabilitation programme takes a hit as some of them fail to utilise the lands allotted to them under the scheme.
Hundreds of Kamaiyas have raised concerns over not being able to plant crops on the lands assigned to them by the government.
They complained that the lands allotted to them are being used by the laborers who are yet to receive lands from the government.
One of the laborers, whose family received 4 katthas of land from the government at Manpurtapara, was shocked to see the land allocated to him used by another Kamaiya family.
“I could not evict them even though I had legal ownership over the land, because this family had been living off the land for a long time,” he says. Same is the case with many others.
According to Krishna Tharu of Freed Kamaiya Society, not even a single family could gain control over their land, despite having the government-given ownership documents.
“Since the people occupying or cultivating the land are also former Kamaiyas, we are not in favour of evicting them. This is a problem created by the government and we demand the government to solve it,” Krishna added.