In Uttarakhand babus have their way

Dehradun : The ‘babudom’ in Uttarakhand is a world in itself and as their writ runs large they feel they have the complete freedom to do what they want to and make or break rules or for that matter law as per their convenience.

Take the example of Rishikesh tehsil of this district where the babus classified ‘kolis’ as members of the scheduled caste, though they are not in the category. This was reportedly done by them deliberately to prevent some members of the community from selling their land.

Though officials of the teshil when contacted admitted that ‘kolis’ are not scheduled caste as per the state records, but could not give reasons why members of the community were not being allowed to sell their land, though some members of the community wirth the right connections were allowed to do so in Rishikesh tehsil itself.

How come there are two set of rules in one teshil baffles, but then the babus have their won ways of interpreting things depending upon which course of action they want to take.

And surprisingly when a member of the community contacted officials of the tehsil saying that he wanted to sell his land, a case was registered against the official stating that being a scheduled caste, he was trying to sell his land to general category people.

A journalist with over 40 years of experience, Jagdish Bhatt is Editor Hill Post (Uttarakhand). Jagdish has worked with India's leading English dailies, which include Times of India, Indian Express, Pioneer and several other reputed publications. A highly acclaimed journalist, Jagdish is a recipient of many awards, latest being the 2011 Development Journalism Award. He lives in Dehra Dun.

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2 Comments

  1. says: MUKESH SHARMA

    Kolis are not scheduled caste and should not be as far as my knowledge few villages are near Haridwar owing good agriculture land relating to other kolis in saharanpur district near Deoband and Nagal area. This comumity is well progressive and having good living standards.

  2. says: Amit

    Hi,

    If Kolis are not under Schedule Caste, than is there any reason Tehsil is making SC certificate for those folks in Uttarakhand ?

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