Special Correspondent

KURNOOL: Communist Party of India (Marxist) district secretary T. Shadrak has said the party will intensify the land struggle this month to consolidate the land occupied thus far.

Talking to reporters here on Thursday, he said during the movement, the CPI(M) supporters had occupied nearly 25,000 acres and cultivated about 1,000 acres of it. The administration had failed to look into the details of the land occupied by them.

No action had been initiated against people who had illegally enjoyed the land so far. On the other hand, the Left leaders were subjected to harassment. He said around 1.25 lakh acres was available for distribution in the district, which included 48,000 acres of forestland. He said the degraded forestland should be de-notified and given to the landless. The officials distributed the land unfit for cultivation under the Indira Prabha programme.

Housing programme

Mr. Shadrak was critical of the housing programme saying not even 30 per cent of 95,000 houses sanctioned in the first phase were completed. In Kurnool city, only 100 houses were completed as against 6,824 houses sanctioned. He said the party leaders would undertake a march in villages and towns in support of the land struggle. City secretary of the party, K. Prabhakar Reddy was present.