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Telangana's Rs 8,000 per acre compensation scheme "only meant for landed farmers"

Telangana’s small and marginal farmers have strongly objected to the much-discussed scheme of Rs 8,000 per acre started by the state government, pointing out that it is “actually only applicable to landed farmers and not for the cultivators, who actually work day and night to secure nation’s food security.”
Speaking at a rally in Mehboobnagar, where the Samvidhan Samman Yatra organized by the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) reached on October 27, Laxmi, widow of a farmer, said, “We have 3 acres of land but since last 3 years, the crops had failed. We were in debt and in February this year my husband committed suicide as bank officers had started harassing and humiliating us consistently. The Govt. also refused to recognize it as suicide due to agri-crisis and termed it a cause of family disputes.”
“The Govt promised 3 acres land to all the Dalit families but we never got any benefit despite being eligible. The scheme was only a fake promise as every political party does from General elections to state elections”, said another widow.
Nagayya, a local activist of the Telangana Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union (TVVU), said, “We are fighting for land distribution among landless. The state has allotted 1.5 lakh acres through land bank for development projects which are in turn dispossessing people from land again and have distributed only 13,500 acres of land to the landless.”
He added, “People are still waiting to receive their entitlements under Forest Rights Act, 2006. More than 1 lakh 70 thousand applications were filed when the TRC government came to power. After coming to power, people faced biggest betrayal from the government when the CM ordered not to take up those applications for regularization.”
“Once Mehboobnagar demanded for the lift irrigation project but now the design is such that the area is not getting benefitted from Ranga Reddy Lift irrigation project. Instead, the people are getting displaced from their land”, added Raghavacharyulu from Palanaru Adhyayana Vedika.

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