Visakhapatnam

‘Gilman Survey holds key to Panchagramalu land’’

The Forum for Development of North Andhra (FDNA) has appealed to Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to take the ‘Gilman Survey’ conducted in 1903 as the basis for solving the issues pertaining to ‘Panchagramalu’ land.

In a letter to the Chief Minister on Sunday, FDNA general secretary A. Aja Sarma alleged that the previous TDP government had cheated land owners for over two decades. “Even as a judgment on the writ filed in the High Court is pending, the TDP government had brokered a compromise and got ryotwari pattas for the Simhachalam Devasthanam. This proved that the temple had no rights on those lands till then,” he pointed out.

Ryotwari pattas

The then CCLA, Mr. Sarma said, had issued an order cancelling the pattas. “The official got transferred after he refused to withdraw the order. On the basis of the pattas, the then government had issued G.O. in 2000, asking those in possession of the land to pay fee to get their lands regularised within six months. Many land owners had got the land registered by then and took loans for construction of houses. So they declined to pay the fee,” he explained.

In 2004, the then Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy cancelled the G.O. and appointed a committee. But his untimely death in 2009 left the issue unsolved.

Mr. Sarma noted that no official, legal and comprehensive survey of the ‘Panchagramalu’ lands was made after Gilman Survey. “The survey noted that only 39.5 acres in Adavivaram panchayat belonged to the Simhachalam temple while the rest were ‘jeerayati’, ‘banjar’, ‘poramboke’ and forest lands. The Gilman Survey even noted the names of the farmers names,” he said.

Temple EO in panel

He also expressed apprehensions on the outcome of the committee formed by the present government as the temple EO who was either a defendant or plaintiff in all the court cases, has been appointed its convener.


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