No consensus reached on land acquisition

Government ready to give Rs 25 lakh per acre; farmers want a minimum of Rs 60 lakh

The Deputy Commissioner, Manoj Kumar Meena, said that a compensation of Rs 25 lakh could be given per acre, while the farmers are insisting that they be given at least Rs 60 lakh to Rs 70 lakh.

Sites in the dist

The government is planning to acquire 666 acres of land at Kurugal, Parajenahalli, Singolli and Harjenahalli in the taluk for industries.

A farmers’ meeting organised in this regard at the Ambedkar Bhavan in the city on Saturday remained inconclusive.

MLC V R Sudarshan, who represented the farmers, urged the DC to revise the rates in favour of the farmers, before the farmers came out of the meeting.

Speaking out

Farmers Muninarayanappa, Ramesh, Venkatasubbaiah and others spoke about the trauma that farmers would have to go through when they lose their lands.

“The government revises the pay of officers every 10 years. But no such move is taken as regards our efforts or work,” alleged Venkatasubbaiah, a farmer from Singoli.

Current rate

The DC said that Rs 25 lakh per acre had been worked out, taking various factors into consideration. He said the rate was not final.

When farmers sought Rs 60 lakh to Rs 70 lakh, Sudarshan said the DC should be given time to do a rethink on the matter.

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