Expressing concern over the depleting grazing lands across the state, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra strongly felt for a need to bring in a legislation to protect it from encroachments.
He said that over half of the Amrit Mahal Kaval, land reserved from the days of erstwhile rulers of Mysore, had been encroached upon in Tumkur district.
“There are reports of large scale encroachment of grazing land, popularly known as Gomala, across the state and there is a dire need to prevent it,” he said.
Expressing regret that there is no proper record on the extent of Gomala land in the state, he said all the Assistant Commissioners concerned have been directed to identify the extent of land in their jurisdiction and send a report within a month.
An amendment to the Land Revenue Act would be appended to protect the grazing lands, which among other things includes taking away the powers vested with the Deputy Commissioners to grant it for other purposes.Replying to questions, he said that following failure in receiving normal rains in April and May, the drinking water situation is worsening in the drought-hit areas. “The state government has released `5 lakh to each district to procure fodder for the cattle,” he added.
Minister Slips Yet Again
Tumkur: Jayachandra has landed in controversy over his reported statement that he would bring in legislation to distribute gomalas to industrialists.
During a meeting with the industrialists, organised by FKCCI, the Minister had said that the 11,000 acres of gomala lands across the state should be utilised to set up industries. The environmentalists have opposed this move claiming that it would be “detrimental to the interests of farmers and is against the Supreme Court directive that grazing lands cannot be spared for other purposes.”