24 January 2012, Bargadh
On 24 January the Jansatyagrah Samvad Yatra reached village Dhaunsgaon of Bargadh district where they laid flower wreaths at the memorial for martyrs Madho Singh, Hatai Singh, Bhujal Singh and Bairi Singh who laid down their lives during the freedom revolt of 1857. This village was also home to Lal Joginder Singh Bariha who in 1912 had raised the voice against the prevalent zamindari system and demanded the rights of farmers and agriculture labour. The second halt was made at Padampur tehsil head quarter of Bargadh district where a rally and public meeting had been organised by ‘Gandhmardan Sangharsh Samiti’ and ‘Sukha Pratikar Manch’. Addressing the meeting tribal leader Shri Hazari Malik of ‘Sukha Pratikar Manch’ said that in the Padampur region the government under the campaign “Mo Jami More Diha’ gave residential entitlements to more than 500 families but till date the administrative formalities of demarcation and ownership rights have not been completed. Prem Saye and Rajaru Jagat of village Jama said that in 2005 many applications were made to the concerned officials for the demarcation of distributed land but no action has been taken. Biranchi Bariha of ‘Gandhmardan Samitit’ said that in many cases settlement of residential land has not been done for example Lav Pradhan of Charaia village was given 4 dismil land in 2010 but till date its demarcation has not been done. Similar cases abound in in villages such as Padampur and Kabirpur. Addressing the meeting Shri Harishdas said that because of the design to convert western Orrisa into an industrial region programs such as “Mo Jami More Diha” and laws such as forest rights act are not being
implemented on purpose. He announced that if the distribution of land is not completed by 2 October 2012 they would all join Jansatyagrah to make it a joint movement. In Bargadh district 3294 claims were filed of which only 926 have been accepted and given 1645 acres of land while 1645 claims have been rejected.