Pillar to post for compensation

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Agonising wait: Tananki Sitamma waiting for an audience with West Godavari Collector in Eluru. —
Agonising wait: Tananki Sitamma waiting for an audience with West Godavari Collector in Eluru. —

G. Nagaraja

Attempts of a 65-year-old woman farmer to meet top officials go in vain

Her one acre of land is acquired for Indira Sagar project

Alleges someone drew compensation fraudulently

ELURU: The agonising wait of Tananki Sitamma, a 65-year-old woman from M. Nagulapalli in Dwaraka Tirumala mandal of West Godavari district, for compensation for her farm land acquired for the Indira Sagar Right Canal hardly moves the district administration. She has been running from pillar to post for the amount for well over a year.

Officials out of reach

Sitamma lost one acre of her fertile land with some 60 coconut plantations for the canal. The administration announced a compensation of Rs. 2.35 lakhs for both the land and the plantations of 10 years old. It turned out to be a saga of grim battle to get her compensation amount since the acquisition of her land.

Getting an audience with officials was out of reach for the illiterate woman farmer. The only government representative she could meet so far to convey her plight was the village secretary. “I came to the Collectorate all the way from my village twice to meet either the Collector or the Joint Collector, but failed to see them at least,”

Sitamma told The Hindu after all such attempts went in vain. D.S.V. Krishnaji, a lawyer, said when he took her to the Mandal Revenue Officer concerned with a request to look into her problem, the officer said he had nothing to do with payment of compensation.

The MRO wanted her to meet the Land Acquisition Officer at Nallajarla and get her problem solved.

“When I went to Palacole for an eye surgery a year ago, cheques were issued to all farmers in our village whose lands were acquired for the canal. Some people in the administration had fraudulently drawn my money in their favour,” Sitamma alleged.

In a bid to claim herself to be the genuine farmer, she displayed the pattadar passbook issued by the Mandal Revenue Officer with details of her land.

She wanted a probe into the alleged irregularities in payment of compensation to her. Is the top brass in the administration listening?



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