VIJAYAWADA:“How come the very person, who created a scene over allocation of 73 acre land in the region for a tourism project by VGTM during the erstwhile Congress regime and asked the farmers to revolt against the government, is now threatening the very farmers to part with their ownership rights on thousands of acres?”
The question was posed to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu by former minister and farmer leader Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao, who took serious exception to the State government’s efforts to construct a ‘world-class’ capital city on fertile lands.
Speaking to mediapersons, Rao, who has been made president of the newly formed Capital Region Farmer and Farmhands Rights Protection Council, said livelihood of more than 40,000 farmers and several more people dependent on them has been put at risk by the government.
“The CM and his ministers have time and again said the farmers will benefit more from land pooling than land acquisition, but failed to provide even a single safeguard. If the developers at the eleventh hour find the entire project not feasible and leave, where will the farmers who gave up their lands go, for their every document and right have been taken over by the government with no guarantee or an acknowledging certificate. The boundary marks of different fields are being erased with land levelling. If the project is shelved midway, farmers will be left with not even a legal option as they failed to understand the finer print in the agreement note, which officials did not translate from English to Telugu,” he explained.
Rao said by the way things are shaping up, the deal between Singapore and TDP government more or less going the same way as the deal between the AP Government and RAK (Ras Al Khaimah) during the YS Rajasekhara Reddy regime. “To our woes, the Central government is bent on amending the Land Acquisition Act, that will help the state government to take away multi-crop fertile lands and leave the farmers poor,” he said.
He said on their invitation, social and environmental activist Medha Patkar will visit Tullur region on April 9. She will visit the villages and hold a public meeting, he added.