Cong wants compensation option while acquiring lands from farmers

  • State has no power to amend LA Act: Jeevan

Hyderabad: Stating that the State Government has no right to amend the Land Acquisition Act 2013, the main opposition party in the Legislative Assembly, Congress has demanded the State Government to give a chance to farmers to select the option of compensation from the Land Acquisition Act 2013 and the State Government’s “Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Telangana Amendment) Bill 2016.”

Expressing Congress Party’s view on “The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Telangana Amendment) Bill-2016”, CLP deputy leader T Jeevan Reddy alleged that the State Government deleted some sections of the Land Acquisition Act 2013. The State Government has no right to delete the sections. Only the Parliament has the right to amend the Act. But the State Government was violating the Constitution.  The State Government has to prepare its own Act with fair compensation than the Land Acquisition Act 2013. The government detained the leader of the opposition K Jana Reddy, who tried to visit Vemulaghat village in relation to Mallannasagar project land acquisition, Jeevan Reddy alleged and said that it was nothing but violation of primary rights.

Terming the government as land grabber, Jeevan Reddy alleged that the government was taking the lands of the farmers forcefully. The then central government prepared Land Acquisition Act 2013 by abolishing the 1894 Land Acquisition Act to give 130 times better compensation to the land losers. The state government has changed the face of the Land Acquisition Act 2013 totally and it will not stand in the court of law, he said and alleged that the State Government was violating the civil rights in the State.

Differing from Jeevan Reddy’s view, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao said that the State has the right to amend the Act with the President’s consent as per Article 254.

Continuing his speech, Jeevan Reddy said that the State Government removed Section 107 and 108 in the Land Acquisition Act 2013, which gives a chance to the land losers to select best compensation. He alleged that the minister was misleading the House or the officials concerned might have misled the minister in this regard. He demanded the State Government to give an option to the farmers to select on their own.

The Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary cut the mike of Jeevan Reddy and gave a chance to MIM. MIM member Moazzam Khan welcomed the Bill.

Leader of opposition K Jana Reddy asked the government to clear the doubt whether it has the right to amend the Land Acquisition Act 2013 and opined that the State Government has the right to prepare its own Bill and that should be better than Land Acquisition Act 2013. He also demanded the State Government to give an option to the land losers between Land Acquisition Act 2013 and the Act-2016 prepared by the State government for compensation. –NSS

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