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Kerala fixes 5% as the tribal people’s share of the profit from Attapady wind farms

According to reports, N. Samsudheen, Mannarkkad MLA and Muslim League leader, has said that a Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) order on Thursday, fixing five per cent as the tribal people’s share of the profit from the power generated by windmills on their land at Nallasimha in Kottathara village of Attappady, creates confusion about the ownership of the land.

Mr. Samsudheen told presspersons at Attappady on Friday that the State government should intervene in the matter.

He said the government had given three months’ time to the Revenue Department to decide on restoring the land to the tribal people. The multinational companies had encroached upon it and erected the windmills. Without deciding its ownership, how could the KSEB decide which windmills were located where, he asked.

The Attappady Samrakshana Samithi has decided to organise a satyagraha in front of the District Collectorate on October 2, demanding the prosecution of Ministers and officials, under the Tribal Land Act, 1975, and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, for taking decisions to deprive the tribal people of their land.

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