Telangana Land Acquisition Act draws flak

K V Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on December 29, 2016

The Rythu Swarjya Vedika has asked the TRS Government to withdraw the new Land Acquisition Act passed by the Telangana Assembly on Wednesday.

The association said the Act completely dilutes the provisions of the Central Land Acquisition Act 2013, removing the protection of farmers and others in the project areas.

It said the government can virtually take any extent of land for all projects at its own terms. It said district collectors have been given powers to ratify the agreements entered into with farmers to acquire their lands.

"The Act enables the government to totally do away with the role of local institutions like gramsabha and panchayat, which is totally against the statement of objects and reasons of 2013 Act," it said, responding to the passage of the Bill.

The Telangana Government chose to bring out a new Act, changing some important provisions of the Central Land Acquisition Act 2013, after facing stiff resistance from farmers and political parties in some project areas.

"This Act enables the State to take away any extent of land quickly and cheaply for any project without any responsibility of providing alternative agriculture land to land owners and alternative livelihood to the landless project affected persons," the association said.

Published on December 29, 2016
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