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The News Minute | December 18, 2014 | 10.15 am IST They sang and danced, there were drum beats and trumpeting to mark the joy. The 162-days-long Nilpusamaram (stand up protest) by tribals of Kerala, under the leadership of Adivasi Gothra Maha Sabha (AGMS) in front of the state secretariat came to an end on Thursday following the ministry’s approval to all the demands of the protesters. “We are calling off the agitation, it will be officially announced once we get the letter from the government approving the demands, by Thursday” C.K Janu, AGMS leader told The News Minute According to the government decision, 7,693 hectares of reserved forest land will be given to landless tribals and areas with 100 per cent tribals will be allowed to have separate panchayats under PESA Act - Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act. Four hundred and forty seven families, who lost their homes in the Muthanga land agitation of 2003, will be allotted an acre of land and Rs 2.5 lakh towards construction of house as per the new revolutionary government package. “I am glad that we could achieve it and I thank Kerala government for this new move” says C K Janu. Read : They have been standing for almost five months, a fight for a small plot of land Tweet

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