VIJAYAWADA: Social activist Anna Hazare’s representatives led by Ekta Parishad president PV Rajagopal on Wednesday visited the multi-crop area in villages in Tullur mandal in Guntur district which the government proposes to acquire or had already taken under the land pooling scheme.
The team, interacting with farmers, listened to their apprehensions and concerns over the “armtwisting” tactics of the government to take away their lands.
The team also had an interaction with agriculture labourers and villagers and learnt from them the number of crops they raise in the land every year and the income they earn from them.
They went around agriculture land having irrigation facility. The villages they visited included Undavalli and Penumaka, Venkatapalem, Mandadam, Tallayapalem, Uddandarayapalem, Rayapudi and Lingayapalem.
Speaking to mediapersons here, Rajagopal said what the government was doing in the name of land pooling was illegal as it went against the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 2014.
He said there was no way multi-crop lands could be acquired as even the amendment proposed to the Act in Parliament now had exempted such lands from land acquisition.
According to Rajagopal, he would submit a report to Anna Hazare on his visit to the multi-crop lands. Anna Hazare had promised that he would raise the issue on the day he ends his Wardha-Delhi Padayatra which will begin on March 25. The yatra is scheduled to end on May 1.
Hazare’s yatra is intended to bring pressure on the Centre to categorise lands in the country and place the details before them. Hazare would also like to know how much land had so far been acquired since Independence and how much of it has been used for the purpose for which it had been acquired.