`Huge gap in compensation'
Ryotu Sangham to come out with specific charter of demands State asked to lease out lands to industries and not sell Ryotu Sangham to come out with specific charter of demands
HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India (CPI) has asked the State Government to initiate works in the different infrastructure and irrigation projects only after suitably rehabilitating the people displaced by them.
The party has demanded that the Government suitably amend the Relief and Rehabilitation Act, as the present law was not serving the interests of the displaced people. "There is a huge gap between the compensation paid by Government and actual market prices. This needs to be rectified," CPI MP Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy said.
Participating in a meeting on "Relief and rehabilitation of project displaced persons" organised by Andhra Pradesh Ryotu Sangham here on Monday, he said the absence of sustained agitation with specific charter of demands was one of the reasons leading to non-payment of compensation.
He warned the Government against delaying rehabilitation of the project oustees, as this would intensify the struggles and could lead to violence.
Referring to the vast tracts of land that were being handed over to industries in the name of special economic zones (SEZs), he said the Government should, lease the land instead of selling it at throwaway prices.
Ryotu Sangham president K. Ramakrishna alleged that the Revenue department officials in connivance with the "big fish" were issuing pattas on the Government lands and ensuring that they were adequately compensated.
A comprehensive survey of the lands affected by projects should be conducted and priority accorded in land distribution to the displaced. All-India Kisan Sabha representative Kolli Nageswara Rao and others spoke.