‘Govt. not abiding by Land Acquisition Act’

Maruti Manpade, president of the Karnataka Pranta Raitha Sangha (KPRS), has expressed displeasure that the State government was not abiding by The Land Acquisition Act, 2013, while acquiring farmers’ land for industrial and infrastructure projects.

“The Act was passed by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government to ensure proper compensation and rehabilitation for farmers who cede their land for the projects. It is unfortunate that, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has failed to abide by the Act that was passed by his party when it was in power in the Centre,” he told presspersons here on Thursday.

Mr. Manpade said that the land acquisition for the Chennai-Bengaluru industrial corridor was not consistent with the Act.

“The government is planning to extend this project upto Mangaluru also. Even while acquiring land through the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board and urban development authorities for housing purposes, the guidelines in the Act have not been followed,” he said.

“The Act makes it mandatory to hold consultations with the local people, gram panchayat members prior to issuing notification for acquisition. The social impact assessment survey should be carried and farmers should be paid up to four times the prevailing market price of the land as compensation. These guidelines have not been followed while acquiring the land in Karnataka,” he alleged.

He expressed displeasure against the delay in conferring land ownership rights for farmers engaged in the unauthorised cultivation of government land and those who submitted applications for regularisation.

The Land Grant Committees should be directed to dispose the applications at the earliest and confer land ownership rights for the farmers in an expedited manner, he said.

He said that the pace of implementation of Forest Rights Act in Karnataka was also not on expected lines. It has been made mandatory for the farmers to furnish documents related to domicile for three generations or from past 75 years in forest region to get title deeds under the Act.

It is necessary to withdraw these conditions by amending the Act. The State Government should submit a proposal to the Centre to amend the Act for the benefit of the farmers, he said.

The KPRS has organised a convention of farmers in Bengaluru on July 1 to press for the proper implementation of The Land Acquisition Act, conferring title deeds for farmers engaged in unauthorised cultivation of forest and revenue lands at the earliest.

He said that around 5,000 farmers from Shivamogga district are expected to take part in the convention.

Land acquisition for the Chennai-Bengaluru industrial corridor was not consistent with Act: Manpade

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