PM Modi distributed land title deeds to Banjaras, an SC group in Karnataka

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi symbolically distributed Hakku Patra (land title deeds) to five families of the Banjara (Lambani) community in the Kalaburagi district of Karnataka recently.

An overview of the news

  • The five families were among the 50,000-plus families to whom land title deeds were distributed during the programme. 

  • The event was organised by the state Revenue Department at Malkhed, in the Kalaburagi district of Karnataka.

What are hakku patras or title deeds?

  • A title deed is a document of ownership of property, and the holder of the document is the owner of the land.

  • The title deed enables the owners of the land to get bank loans with the said document.

  • They will also be eligible to buy or sell the land for which the title deed has been given by the government.

  • It is issued to the underprivileged section of the country, which includes Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, urban slum dwellers, disabled and other disadvantaged populations.

About Banjara/Lambani Community

  • Banjara is a nomadic caste who in earlier times used to trade salt, bullocks and other essential commodities in different villages.

  • The word 'Banjara' is derived from the words 'Vanaj', which means trade and 'Jara' which means to travel.

  • They are mainly settled in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

  • The tribe is believed to have originated in the Marwar region of Rajasthan.

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