ANDHRA PRADESH

Bhoo Poratam benefits the State, say speakers at round table

Emotive issue: Nidumolu MLA Paturi Ramaiah at the round table on land issue organised by the CPI (M) in Vijayawada on Wednesday.

Emotive issue: Nidumolu MLA Paturi Ramaiah at the round table on land issue organised by the CPI (M) in Vijayawada on Wednesday.  

Staff Reporter

Representatives of all major political parties attend the meet



Over one crore acres available for distribution: TDP leader

Government accused of making contradictory statements



VIJAYAWADA: The State Government would stand to benefit tremendously if the lot of the poor in the State was improved through programmes like ‘Bhoo Poratam’ (land occupation), and it should, therefore, encourage such struggles, said speakers at a roundtable on ‘Land Problems’ organised by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) here on Wednesday.

Representatives of all major political parties, except the Communist Party of India (CPI), attended the conference to express their solidarity with the ‘Bhoo Poratam’ taken up by the CPI (M). The CPI sent a message saying its representatives were unable to participate in the round table in view of their pre-occupation with their own ‘Bhoo Aakramana’ (land occupation) programme.

Resolutions

Representatives of several dalit organisations, including the Madiga Dandora, participated in the conference and expressed their support to the land occupation programme of the CPI (M). The roundtable passed over a dozen resolutions on distribution of Government lands among the poor.

Telugu Desam Party district president Ambati Brahmaiah asserted that the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Government was not committed to land reforms and distribution of land to the poor and the downtrodden.

He said over one crore acres of land was available for distribution and demanded that the Government reveal to the public the status of these lands.

He pledged total support of the Telugu Desam Party to the ‘Bhoo Poratam’ of the CPI (M). .

Recommendations

Nidumolu MLA Paturu Ramaiah cautioned the State Government that it would have to face severe consequences if it did not distribute house sites and land to the poor.

The Government could distribute Wakf and endowments lands but was not doing so. Unfortunately, it was not even implementing the recommendations of the Koneru Ranga Rao committee that it had constituted, he said.

CPI (M) district secretary V. Umamaheswara Rao criticised the Government, saying it was making conflicting statements on the extent of Government land that had been encroached.

While Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy said 20 lakhs acres had been encroached, Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao said that only 3.74 lakh acres had been encroached. While encroachers returned 3,700 acres of Government land voluntarily, the Government machinery could recover only 6,400 acres from persons who encroached upon it, he said.

Lok Satta Party district coordinator Koneru Basavaswara Rao wanted the Government to take steps to ensure that the land assigned to the poor remained with them. ..



Over one crore acres available for distribution: TDP leader

Government accused of making contradictory statements





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