PCC To Challenge New Land Acquisition Act In Supreme Court

TPCC chief alleged that while the UPA government passed Land Acquisition Act, 2013 for the benefit of all farmers in the country, KCR amended the Act in Telangana for narrow consideration.

Hyderabad: The Telangana Pradesh Congress on Monday announced that it will challenge the land acquisition law enacted by the State government in the Supreme Court.

Speaking to media, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy said that The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Telangana Amendment) Act will not stand legal scrutiny.

He alleged that while the UPA government passed Land Acquisition Act, 2013 for the benefit of all farmers in the country, KCR amended the Act in Telangana for narrow considerations. He said that it is very unfortunate.

Saying that it will not stand legal scrutiny, Uttam Kumar reddy said the Telangana Congress will challenge the new Land Acquisition Act in the Supreme Court.

As the bill received Presidential assent recently, the government last week issued a gazette notification for the Act, which paves the way for its implementation.

While the State government had passed the bill on December 28 last year, the Centre suggested a few changes in the bill. In this context, the State Assembly in a special session on April 30 made the changes suggested by the Centre and passed the bill.

The Act now makes land acquisition easier and faster for the State government to take up irrigation projects and other development programmes.

Uttam Kumar Reddy also criticised State government’s plan to build a new Secretariat at the Parade Grounds. He said that it is not needed.

Attacking BJP chief Amit Shah who is on Telangana tour, Reddy demanded that he must apologise to the people as NDA government failed to fulfil the promises made to the State under the AP Reorganisation Act.

The Congress is going to hold a huge public meeting on June 1 to highlight failures of not only the State government but also the false promises and failures of Centre.

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