It is leading a movement against acquisition of farmland for industrial purposes
The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), which is spearheading the movement against acquisition of farmland by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) for industrial purposes in various parts of Karnataka, will launch an awareness campaign among farmers from Hunsur and H.D. Kote taluks.
The Board has decided to acquire land in this region soon.
Speaking to presspersons in Hunsur on Saturday, State secretary of KRRS Badagalapura Nagendra said that the Sangha, which formed the Bhoomitayi Horata Samiti to protest acquisition of farmland for industrial purpose had written to the KIADB a year ago, opposing the move.
However, the Board, which denied reports on acquisition then, was now making discreet attempts to acquire fertile farmland in the two villages.
“The sangha, besides condemning the move of KIADB, will launch an agitation in case it fails to drop its plan for acquisition,” he said.
He sought an explanation from the KIADB on the rationale behind acquiring fertile land while the land already acquired in various parts of Mysore was yet to be utilised.
He alleged that the Government and the Board were making use of agricultural land for other purposes. He noted that while the condition was to acquire dry land, the KIADB was bent on acquiring fertile irrigated land in both the taluks.
“The KIADB is acting as an agent for industrialists,” he alleged.
He appealed to the farmers against parting their land succumbing to ‘lucrative' compensations being offered by the KIADB.
Local KRRS leaders, including Hosur Kumar, Bomme Gowda and Benkipura Chikkanna were present on the occasion to support the cause of the farmers.