Revenue Minister V Srinivas Prasad said the government will take action against those in illegal possession of government land allotted to landless dalits in Shanathapura village in Hoskote taluk.
Replying to Congress member M B T Nagaraj in the Council on Monday, Prasad said about 200 acres was granted by the government to 50 landless dalits in 1969.
Though a few beneficiaries had disposed of the properties, after the introduction of the Karnataka Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Prohibition of Transfer of Certain Land Act-1978 (PTCL Act), the land was returned to them.
Prasad said the Bangalore Rural Deputy Commissioner had conducted an inquiry and the Regional Commissioner had visited Hoskote and seized all documents. “The government will act based on the report of the Regional Commissioner,” he added.
Nagaraj contended that six people have taken over the property worth `500 crore and have put up compound walls and grown plantations.
He said the government would evict these people and ensure that genuine landless families get the land.
To a question from M Krishnappa on irregularities in the allotment of sites in a housing society at Begur in Bangalore South taluk, Prasad said the government will take action against the officials based on the inquiry report.
On charges that a majority of the candidates who got 903 Ashraya sites were ineligible, he said that the government has planned to assign the Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation with the job of allotting sites in 36 acres to landless families.
Krishnappa and other legislators urged him to ensure that locals get sites.