Staff Reporter

TRS president airs his views on relief measures

  • Rs. 3.5 lakh per acre to all displaced persons mooted
  • State classified yield and land to pay compensation

    KARIMNAGAR: TRS president and Karimnagar Member of Parliament K. Chandrashekhar Rao has urged the district administration to recommend to the State Government to provide a uniform compensation of Rs. 3.5 lakhs per acre to land oustees of the proposed mid-Manair dam (MMD) project under the SRSP flood flow canal project in the district.

    Participating in a meeting to discuss about the compensation, relief and rehabilitation to the land oustees of MMD project here on Wednesday, Mr Rao suggested uniform compensation instead of categorisation of the land with regard to fertility of the soil.

    Categorisation

    It may be recalled that the State Government had categorised the compensation into four groups

    and fixed the rates as- Rs. 2.15 lakh per acre for double crops, Rs 1.5 lakh for single crop, Rs 1.4 lakh per acre to rainfed crops and Rs. 75,000 for fallow lands. But, the farmers urged for a uniform rate of compensation in view of increasing land value all over the district.

    TRS president said that the farmers, under the proposed MMD project were losing their precious black-cotton soil which yielded over Rs. 1 lakh worth crops per acre per annum. The compensation provided by the Government would not permit the farmer to purchase agricultural lands in any other part of the district because of escalation of land cost, he said and added, "their grievance is genuine.'' They cannot survive without cultivation as they are not exposed to other trades.

    He also suggested the district administration to allocate at least three `guntas' of land to the displaced people as a rehabilitation measure.

    Houses

    He also sought release of Rs. 1 lakh for the construction of houses in the settlement colonies to the oustees. The Collector should depute at least one special officer of the rank of a Deputy Collector in each village for the disbursement of compensation.

    TDP legislator Ch Rajeshwara Rao suggested the Government should amend the acts for increasing compensation to land oustees and suitable relief and rehabilitation package according to the present-day requirement.

    TRS legislator Etala Rajender, Collector M. V. Satyanarayana, Sircilla RDO Nagender and others were also present.