Congress, JD(S) protest Centre's land ordinance

Congress, JD(S) protest Centre's land ordinance

Misappropriation in housing scheme alleged

There is a need to carryout unified fight against the ordinance passed by the Centre towards the amendment to Land Acquisition Act, JD(S) district unit President V P Shashidhar said.

Briefing reporters, in Madikeri, on Thursday, he said all parties should carry out nationwide protests against the move of government, which facilitates to acquire the agricultural land without the consent of the farmers. JD(S) will support the fight of any of the parties leads the movement, he said.

A large scale misappropriation has taken place in a housing scheme in Somvarpet. A staff working on contract basis is involved, he alleged and urged to suspend the staff. He warned of staging huge protests, if the action is not taken against the wrongdoer.

Also, land scams have taken place in large scale in Kushalnagar and Somvarpet. A protest will be held in front of Kushalnagar Town Panchayat against the same, he said.

Notice have been served by forest department official, to the people of Gondibasavanahalli, towards eviction, the day after Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya assured that the traditional forest dwellers will not be evicted, he said and criticised that the district- in charge minister has no control over the officials. Party leaders Masur Ali and Yaladalu Manoj Bopaiah were present among others.

Former MP flays

In an another press conference, former M P H Vishwanath said that the amended land acquisition act to be implemented by the Central government, will be a death note for the farmers. Congress will conduct a public awareness campaign against the same, he said and sought the cooperation of other political parties.

The Congress governments lead by Indira Gandhi in the centre and Devraj Urs in the state, had provided land to farmers. But, today, the NDA government lead by Narendra Modi, is snatching lands from farmers and handing over them to corporate companies, he alleged.

This is not the problem of farmers alone but the problem all people who consume food. Food cannot be produced without agricultural lands.  The government is up to make the amendments to the act through ordinance, without placing the topic for discussion in Lok Sabha. MPs should raise their voices against the ordinance in the next parliamentary session, he urged.

The amendment permits to acquire the lands of farmers, without their consent and to use the acquired land for the construction of private educational institutions and private hospitals. This provision will be used provide lands to private companies, he alleged and questioned whether the central government is planning to get into real estate business.

The state government should take initiatives to get back thousand acres of land given to private companies so far. Farmers’ unions, dalit associations and progressive organisations should unite in order to pressurise the government. State Tobacco Board Chairman T P Ramesh, district Congress unit President B T Pradeep, retired Tahsildar T C Thammiah and others were present.

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