Date: March 31, 2011
Venue: Fulbari, Dinajpur
Organized by Netz
NETZ, a partner NGO of EEP/shiree organised a Project Briefing and Advocacy Meeting in Fulbari, Dinajpur on March 31, 2011. Advocate Mostafizur Rahman, Honourable State Minister of Land was present as the Chief Guest in the occasion.
Dinajpur, Noagoan, Rajshahi are barind tract areas (suffering from a lack of water) with an estimated 1 million people living in extreme poverty. Though the land was traditionally theirs, now the masses of Adivasis in the north are landless and poor. They have been driven away from their homesteads, often aggressively, by land grabbers. They have no paper work or legal power to pursue land so they are left with nothing.
They are seasonal laborers, so much of the year they are left with no means to generate income. On average, they eat 2 meals a day. The following two requests were placed before the State Minister which he promised to deliver on. Firstly, the Minister committed that the government land department will provide khas land especially homestead land transfer support to Adivashi households.
Netz has committed to assist Advasis to submit applications for homestead land. Secondly, the State Minister committed that the local level government administration will ensure that the needy Adivasis gain access to safety nets.