Mahatma Gandhi Gramin Basti Yojna was launched in the State of Haryana in 2008-09
for the poorer sections of the society. Under this scheme, the State Government has
decided to allot free residential plots to the eligible SC families, Backward Class (Category-A) families and BPL families in the villages.
The beneficiaries from the Village Naultha, Block – Israna, District Panipat, Haryana had
applied for the scheme in 2008. More than 42 acres of residential plot was allotted by
Haryana government with the value of Rs.2.5Cr. per acre among 464 Dalit families in 2014
out of which 32 were Dalit women beneficiaries. However this land was
encroached and captured forcefully by dominant caste ‘Jat’ community. DAAA along
with affected families filed a case with the State HumanRights Commission, Distri c t
Commissioner, Minister for Housing, Govt. of Haryana, Block Development Officer (BDO)
and to the local police. They formed a committee of 22 members consisting of the
families for whom land was allotted. Complaints and memorandums were
submitted to SP, District Magistrate and political leaders. Since 2014 the team has been
continuously engaged at different levels regarding this issue. However with continuous
efforts, in May 2017 the court passed an order in favour of SC families. This has been one of
the biggest achievements in terms of access to land for the Dalit communities.