Ray for early allotment of addl. land to SL Tamil settlers in Kamorta

Port Blair
25 Jul 2018

The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, referring to his earlier communications and discussion held for the former Lt. Governor of these islands, Mr NN Jha, raised the issue of allotment of 1.5 hectors land to the Sri Lankan Tamil settlers in the Parliament on Tuesday. Mr Ray said that after  execution of an agreement between  Mr Lall Bahadur Shastri, the then Prime Minister of India and Mr Bhandernayke, the then President of Sri Lanka in the year of 1976, the  Indian origin Tamil community of Sri Lanka were settled in  Little Andaman and at Shoal Bay under  South Andaman District and  all them were allotted two hectares of land under colonisation scheme. Whereas, 48 families settled in Katchal Island have been allotted only 0.5 hectares land.
The disparity was raised during the IDA meeting held in these islands under the chairmanship of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India in the month of January 2003 wherein it was decided that to maintain equal status for all Sri Lankan settlers and to allot remaining 1.5 hectors land to the 48 families settled in Katchal Island, he informed the Parliament. Owing to delay, the matter was again raised in Parliament in the year 2012 in reply to which the government assured allotment of 1.5 hectares of land in compliance to the decision of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee. However, even after the assurance, no action has been taken by the administration and the issue is lying unsettled for the past 42 years, said Mr Ray urging the Speaking of Lok Sabha to issue necessary direction to to the government to comply with the decision of Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India and to allot 1.5 hectors land to 48 families Kamorta within 15 days.