The New Indian Express, 2 June 2014, Bagalkot: Farmers who will lose their lands owing to the construction of canals under the Upper Krishna Project (UKP) urged the authorities concerned to clarify as to what facilities they are eligible under the new Land Acquisition Act.
They said the land acquisition process should be stopped until their problems are resolved.
They submitted a memorandum to the Commissioner of Rehabilitation and Resettlement of UKP in this regard here.
Earlier speaking at a press meet, farmers Prakash Antaragond, Mallappa Talewad, Sangamesh Kaladagi and others told reporters here that farmers in Masuti, Kuruburadinni, Nagaradinni, Mattihal, Hanumapur (Googihal) and Baluti in Basavana Bagewadi taluk would lose more than 300 acres of land and their interests should be safeguarded by the government.
Prakash Antaragond said farmers had met the special land acquisition officer at Almatti and submitted their objections over 9(1) notifications issued to them to acquire land, but no answer has been received so far. He demanded the rectification of anomalies in section 26(1)(a),(b)(c) in the new land acquisition act and said their lands are eligible for compensation as per the new act.
He said 4(1) and 6(1) notifications had been issued as per the old Act and hence farmers must seek clarifications in this regard.
He said the village meetings where the market value of the land is decided should have been called by authorities to discuss the issue with villagers and elected representatives, but no such meets were held so far, he said.
He also demanded the deduction of term loans and crop loans from compensation on the land to be acquired.
He also said a workshop in Kannada should be conducted on the new act. Farmers should be informed of the act and be allowed 45 days from the date of the workshop to submit their objections.
Farmers are rejecting 9(1) notifications as land acquisition process is being carried out without any awareness programmes, he said.
Suresh Sarwad, Mallappa Uppar and other farmers were present.