Farmers oppose amendment to land acquisition Act

Farmers submitting a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha in Mysuru on Wednesday.— PHOTO: ANURAG BASAVARAJ  

A section of farmers from Mysuru district have opposed the amendment to the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 on the grounds that it is “anti-farmer”.

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, they said the earlier law had the provision of returning the land to the original owners if the land was not utilised within 5 years for the purpose it was originally meant. But in the new amendment, the land will vest with the government if the land remained unutilised even after 5 years. Every positive aspect of the original act has been repealed, said the signatories.

M. Lakshman and Badagalpur Nagendra, two signatories, said in the 2013 Land Acquisition Act, consent was required from 80 per cent of the land owners for land acquisition for private projects and those under the PPP model. But under the new amendment, social impact assessment is exempted for defence, rural infrastructure and national security, they said. The farmers have warned of intensifying their struggle if the ordinance was not withdrawn.

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