Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Act is anti-farmer, says Organic Farming Mission chief
“This does not look like the work of humans,” said Chairman of the Karnataka Organic Farming Mission A.S. Anand on Friday after watching video footage of the demolition of farmer Gregory Patrao's 350-year-old house at Bala village near Bajpe.
He described as anti-farmer the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Act, under which Mr. Patrao's land was acquired and his house demolished.
With support from members of some social organisations, Mr. Patrao has been on a relay fast outside the Deputy Commissioner's office here for 22 days in protest against the action of the KIADB.
“I travelled to Mangalore just to meet Mr. Patrao because I had heard a lot about his struggle and suffering,” Mr. Anand said. “I will speak to the Chief Minister tomorrow [Saturday] and ensure that Mr. Patrao's fast does not enter the 25th day.”
Later, Mr. Anand proceeded to meet Deputy Commissioner V. Ponnuraj, who had ordered the demolition of Mr. Patrao's house. Since Mr. Ponnuraj was away on official duty in Bangalore , Mr. Anand met Additional Deputy Commissioner S.A. Prabhakar Sharma. Expressing dissatisfaction over the response given by Mr. Sharma, who was quoted to have said that he knew very little about the demolition,
Mr. Anandheld discussions with KIADB officials, who said that they had acted well within the law.
Mr. Anand met Mr. Patrao again and offered to negotiate with the Government for alternative land as compensation. However, Mr. Patrao expressed scepticism at the offer and said, “First show me the land that you want to relocate me to.”