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Shabbir Ali slams TRS Govt over land acquisitions

Sun, Sep 11, 2016, 06:31 PM
Hyderabad, Sept.11: Leader of Opposition in Telangana State Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir slammed the TRS Government for acquiring fertile lands for various projects.

He was addressing a protest meeting organised by the Forum for Utilisation of Godavari Waters at Dharna Chowk on Sunday to express solidarity with 100 days of protest by the outsees of Mallanna Sagar.

Shabbir Ali said it was insane on the part of State Government to allow submergence of fertile lands which were yielding two crops. He said Vemulaghat and other areas which are proposed to be submerged have yielded good crops during last Rabi and Kharif seasons. However, he said that the TRS Government was keener on acquisition than thinking of farmers' welfare.

He also accused the State Government of forcible land acquisition without paying adequate compensation to the outsees. He said instead of implementing Land Acquisition Act, 2013, the TRS Government was forcing the farmers to surrender their lands under GO 123.

He said that the Congress party fully supports the agitation by outsees of Mallanna Sagar project. Shabbir Ali also condemned TRS Government for imposing Section 144 and Section 30 (A) in Mallanna Sagar areas for the last 50 days. He alleged that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao was keeping the farmers hostage in their own villages. He said that the Congress leaders would meet Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Monday to complain about violation of democratic rights. He said such treatment by Seeemandhra leaders would have been a different thing. But injustice was being done with people of Telangana in their own State, he said.

The Congress leader also criticised the TRS Government for not neglecting the welfare of migrant workers. He said most of the migrant workers, who are now in Gulf countries, are children of affected farmers. He asked as to why the State Government completely ignored the NAC and other Centres to impart training to the youth who are aspiring to go to Gulf countries. While the government has shut down its own development centres, Nizamabad MP K. Kavitha was trying to take credit by launching a Skill Development Centre in the name of Telangana Jagruthi.

Shabbir Ali recalled that as the then NRI Affairs Minister in previous Congress Government, he strengthened the NAC and other Centres and also brought back over 35,000 migrant workers who were trapped in Gulf countries. He said that the Congress party would also make representation with the Governor on the closure of skill development centres by the State Government.

He praised former minister Marri Sashidhar Reddy for organising the protest programme. The protest meeting was also addressed by senior leaders of different political parties.

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