Virajpet town panchayat president resigns

President of the Virajpet town panchayat Kanti Belliappa has tendered her resignation on Saturday as the Opposition members in the panchayat were preparing to move a no-confidence motion against her.

In a dramatic development that unfolded on September 26, 2009, as many as 12 members of the panchayat had ‘passed’ a ‘no-confidence’ motion against Ms. Belliappa, and ‘installed’ B.K. Chandru, the current vice-president as the president of the panchayat. Of the total 16 members in the panchayat, 12 members from the BJP, Congress and the JD (S) attended the meeting to oust Ms. Belliappa from her position in her absence. But Ms. Belliappa had refused to resign and the matter was taken to the court.

Ms. Belliappa said on Saturday that she was tendering her resignation as soon as the in-charge chief officer of the panchayat Nagaratna started reading out the no-confidence motion being passed against her. She submitted her resignation to Ms. Nagaratna and walked out of the meeting hall.

Eleven members of the total 16 voted for the no-confidence motion. Interestingly, A.H. Vishwanath, MP, who was present, also supported the no-confidence motion by raising his hand, taking the total votes against Ms. Bellliappa to 12.

The panchayat members who voted against her were vice-president B.K. Chandru, M.K. Poovaiah, Satish and Tara (all Congress), Zareena Noor, Maria Sequeira, Moinuddin and Mateen (JD-S), Independent member Kausar and two BJP members – Katti Poonacha and B.A. Kumar.

Those who did not support the no-confidence motion were besides Ms. Belliappa herself, Kootanda Suresh, Umavathi and Savita. Congress member Madan Mandanna was absent.

BJP members Mr. Poonacha and Mr. Kumar defied the ‘whip’ issued by the BJP to vote against Ms. Belliappa. She had won from the JD (S) and later joined the BJP.

On hearing the news of Ms. Belliappa’s resignation, members of the Congress and certain others owing allegiance to a particular organisation celebrated by bursting firecrackers outside the town hall.

Reacting later, Ms. Belliappa said political power was not permanent as winning and losing always was part of political game. She would accept defeat and success equally. She considered failure as the stepping stone for success. Ms. Belliappa clarified that she had resigned on her own and not under any pressure.

-The Hindu

‘Take steps to mitigate miseries of tribal people’

Chairman of the Karnataka Janapada Academy Go. Ru. Chennabasappa has appealed to the State Government to take steps to mitigate miseries of the tribal people in the State.

He was speaking here on Saturday at the two-day State Tribal Convention being held at Thithimathi in Virajpet taluk of the district. Elected representatives and officials concerned with tribal welfare had the responsibility of addressing the problems of tribal people, Mr. Chennabasappa said.

According to him, the tribal people’s culture had contributed significantly to the welfare of the State. The convention would help raise issues concerning the tribal people and would also provide solutions to the problems being faced by them, he added.

The nation had been plunged into the abyss of corruption after attaining Independence, Mr. Chennabasappa lamented, adding that human values had taken a nosedive. People should come together to eradicate the menace of corruption by creating awareness among communities, including tribal people, he said. Particularly, the youths should be involved in such awareness programmes, he felt.

The Janapada Academy was organising “Janapada Jaguli”, a novel programme in colleges to popularise folklore, Mr. Chennabasappa said.

The president of the Kodagu zilla panchayat, V.M. Vijaya, who inaugurated the convention, urged the State Government to take steps to conduct another survey of tribal people to assess their lifestyle so that the Government could use the data to uplift them. A survey conducted earlier had concluded that tribal people enjoyed all facilities. This had resulted in the Government not extending any help by way of welfare schemes for the tribal people, he claimed.

Describing the tribal people as the saviours of forest wealth, Mr. Vijaya said steps were being taken to implement the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of. Forest Rights) Act in Kodagu.

President of the Virajpet taluk panchayat Sarita Poonacha said the tribal people were being deprived of the benefits of several government schemes as they did not possess title deeds for their land. The Government should ensure that marketing facilities were provided to the tribal people to sell the products manufactured by them.

Tribal leaders P.S. Motaiah, J.K. Kenchappa, Chanda Kala, and president of the Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy Rani Machaiah, were present. Registrar of the Karnataka Janapada Academy Prasadaswamy welcomed.

In-charge Registrar of the Kodava Academy Vinod Chandra proposed vote of thanks.

A procession comprising 15 troupes of tribal people, including six from outside Kodagu and schoolchildren, was taken out in Thithimathi town in the morning.

To know more about the Tribal Festival click here

-The Hindu