Mangaluru, Aug 28, 2017:Urging the government to transfer K.G. Jagadeesha, Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada, for walking out midway from a Dalit meeting, Dalit organistion held a protest march in the city from Dr. Ambedkar circle to DC Office on August 28, Monday to press for their demand.
Deputy Commissioner walking away abruptly ending the meeting called to address grievances was an insult to Dalits. In the meeting, Dalit representatives were only demanding that the district administration allocate the Depressed Class manna land, reserved for people of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, to Dalits and vacate encroachments on such reserved land. But the Deputy Commissioner said that he would have to get the guidelines from the government.
Depressed Class manna land in the district has been allocated to the offices of many government departments, and also a cashew plantation of the Karnataka Cashew Development Corporation (KCDC).The leaders alleged that since Mr. Jagadeesha took charge as the Deputy Commissioner, no Depressed Class manna land has been allotted to Dalits. He should seek voluntary transfer or else the co-ordination committee would continue agitations till the government transferred him.
State Convenor Mavalli Shankar, Dalit leader M Devarj Mohan , Mohan raj, Devanand Sanadi and others were present.