Kunbi Sena demands separate Konkan state
Thane | Thursday, Dec 16 2010 IST
The Kunbi Sena, an organisation fighting for the rights of the Kunbi community in the state, today celebrated its 10th anniversary in an unusual way, by taking out a 'morcha' to the district collectorate here.
The morcha was led by its president Vishwanath Patil, who submitted a memorandum to the district collector listing their various demands. Thousands joined the 'morcha', which culminated into a public meeting at the Gadkari Rangayatan here.
The Kunbi Sena's main demand is the formation of an independent Konkan state for the all round development of the region. According to the resolution, the reserves of the Konkan were being used for the rest of Maharashtra as a result of which the region remained backward, with the locals not getting any jobs.
The other demands included provision of all the year round irrigation projects for the region and change in the system of recruitment for jobs. The members wanted the government to ensure that the locals of any district get the job in the same district and those from other districts should not encroach on their jobs.
The meeting demanded that preference in employment should be given to those who have given their land for irrigation projects and to reserve 50 per cent of water from these projects exclusively for agriculture.
Their other demands were creation of an independent Economic Development Corporation exclusively for Kunbi community members keeping in tune with the recommendations of the Shamrao Peje committee report, declaration of the entire region as a wet drought area consequent to the damage caused due to the unseasonal rains.
Besides this, they demanded that taking into account the backward status of the Kunbi community, economic, social and educational reservations be given to them.
The resolutions will be forwarded to the state government for its implementation, said Mr Patil.
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