VIJAYAWADA: Municipal administration minister P Narayana on Tuesday slammed actor-politician and Rajya Sabha member K Chiranjeevi for accusing the state government of snatching away land from the farmers in the name of capital city construction.
Speaking to mediapersons here, the minister said that Chiranjeevi appears to have not studied the CRDA Act and was speaking like all those who are making irresponsible statements without knowing anything about the Act. “Let him first go through the CRDA Act and then fault us if we had committed any irregularity,” he said.
The minister said that taking land from the farmers was being done through a process of consultation. “We prepared a master-plan and placed it before the farmers for their suggestions and objections. This is the most democratic way possible and I do not know how and why Chiranjeevi feels our actions are undemocratic,” Narayana said.
He said it was but natural that there might be a few problems here and there for a massive land-pooling in 29 villages inhabited by some 1.09 lakh people. “That is why we are dealing with the problem through conciliation. But without understanding the issue at core, Chiranjeevi is making irresponsible comments to provoke the farmers against the government,” he said.
On the issue of non-enforcement of GO 30 for Kapu reservations, Narayana said the GO did not provide quota for Kapus and that it is of no consequence. “The GO is in force, but neither did it give them reservations not gave them BC status,” he said and added that Kapus can get BC status only after the Commission constituted by the CM would recommend reservations.