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AP govt moves forward on land pooling, farmers look for muted Pawan

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government had made one step forward to take the lands of the farmers who have not given their lands in land pooling system to the government for the new capital. The government had issued land acquisition notification last week, notifying the lands of Undavalli and Penumaka villages that have been refusing to give land to the government for capital. The government had issued the notification under Clauses 1 (1), (B) under the Andhra Pradesh Land Acquisition, Relief and Rehabilitation Rules 2014.

While the government had notified 29 villages of Thulluru, Tadepalli and Mangalagiri mandals for the capital – Amaravati – and took up the land pooling system to collect the lands from farmers, the villages under Tadepalli and Mangalagiri have been resisting the pooling system. They have put up banners in Undavalli and Penumaka villages of Tadepalli mandal, Yerrupalem and Bethapudi of Mangalagiri mandal refusing to give their lands. Several of them have approached the courts against land pooling, while some of them have not given the required papers accepting the land pooling system. It was in these villages, Opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan have toured in 2016 in support of the farmers. While Jaganmohan Reddy had promised to return their lands if they wanted once he came to power, Pawan Kalyan advised the government not to use force to take the lands. He had even asked the government not to issue land acquisition notification. Now that the government had issued the notification, the farmers are looking towards Pawan Kalyan to save their lands.

“Pawan Kalyan had promised to stand by us and he had promised to fight for us if the government issued land acquisition notification. Now, the government had issued the notification. We have sent a representation to the Jana Sena chief and waiting for him to react,” said Penumaka farmers’ leader Naresh Reddy. A team of farmers have also approached Pawan Kalyan seeking his intervention to save their lands.

The government can’t move even a inch forward in developing the new capital, Amaravati, if it failed to take lands in Undavalli and Penumaka, the mouth of the capital. It is by passing through these villages, one can reach Amaravati and it required lands to lay roads and bridges. The proposed six-lane Seed Access Road from Kanakadurga Varadhi (Chennai-Kolkata national highway) to Thulluru would require lands in Undavalli and Penumaka which are not given yet to the government. If these lands are not taken, the government cannot lay the road from Vijayawada to reach the new capital zone. The government would have to take a new route from Mangalagiri to the core capital area passing through Kuragallu, Neerukonda and Inavolu. The existing flood bank passing along the river from Prakasam Barrage is another option for the government if it cannot get the lands of Undavalli and Penumaka villages. The flood bank (karakatta) can be expanded and used as access road to the capital from Vijayawada through Prakasam Barrage. However, as Prakasam Barrage requires to be closed once in a year for maintenance of the gates, the government would have to use an alternative and permanent road from Kanakadurga Varadhi. This too has a big problem as the farmers of Tadepalli through which the road has to be formed, are opposed to the land acquisition. Caught in a critical situation like this, the government had issued the notification to acquire 680 acres of land in Penumaka village.

Farmers’ leader Naresh Reddy expressed confidence that Pawan Kalyan would come to their rescue and save them from the forcible acquisition of their lands. It is to be seen how Pawan Kalyan would react to the request from the farmers to whom he had promised to stand by.

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CRDA is equal to scandalous VANPIC -Pawan’s caustic remark


Janasena president and movie star Pawan kalyan unequivocally warned that TDP government should not resort to land acquisition in River Front villages in the Amaravati Capital development region with governmental force.

Taking a stand that is bound to cause embarrassment to the chief minister Chandrababu, Pawan said he was opposed to the acquisition the land from an area which gives three or four crops per year and whose owners were unwilling to part with their lands.

As far as the objective of taking the land from the farmers against their will, Pawan said,” there is no difference between scam ridden Vanpic project taken up by then chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy and CRDA(capital region development of authority) of Chandrababu Naidu. Both deprived the farmers of their lands.”
This analogy speaks volumes of Pawan’s mind.

Pawan reached Penumaka village, capital development region in Guntur district, this afternoon and had long interaction with farmers before addressing the gathering. A stone pelted at him by a miscreant failed to have any impact on the meeting.
All farmers told him that neither land pooling nor acquisition would be compensation for their land.The farmers told him they would rather commit suicide if they were to forego the land to the capital.
Many farmers, who own 25 to 60 cents told him that this small parcel was fetching them Rs 5000 per month, and the annuity the government was offering was just Rs 50,000 per year. “With land our lives also will be gone if the land is acquired,” the farmers told the ‘power star’.
Pawan with Penumak farmers

“When these small farmers are not willing to part with their lands, government is not supposed to invoke land acquisition act, which is surviving with an ordinance that is going to expire this month end,” Pawan said. Stating that he was not questioning those people who voluntarily offered their land, Pawan said, other farmers also had the same right not to offer their land.

Putting forth an impressive argument in support of the farmers, Pawan, dismissed the averments of ministers Narayana, Pattipati Pullarao, Ravela Kishore Babu and MP Galla Jayadev, and recalled how TDP MP Muralimohan, a rich man, recoiled in anguish when his land was acquired for Hyderabad Outer Ring Road during Congress regime.

“A rich man like Muralimohan knocked the doors of supreme court against land acquisition done for ORR. Then is it wrong for a poor man, who has nothing but a few cents of land, to oppose the land acquisition to save his livelihood,” Pawan asked. He said in biting sarcasm that Muralimohan knows well the pain losing of land causes.

Similarly, he asked MP Galla Jayadev to visit the area to listen to the stories of agony of losing the land which gave them food for generations to understand the pain that results from the forceful separation farmer from his land.

Indirectly, Pawan questioned inadequacy of of thinking that had gone into the location of capital.
“I have met people from Rayalaseema who want the capital in their region as they lost the capital when it was shifted from Kurnool to Hyderabad following the formation of Andhra Pradesh. It clearly shows that a region is feeling that injustice meted out to it,” he said acknowledging the region fear that
they might not get justice from a government which was ignoring the demands of backward region.
Pawan lauded the efforts to build sky scrapers in capital city while stating that capital should not be built with tears of poor farmers.

In the same vein, Pawan posed another irksome question to the TDP government.” You (TDP) opposed YS Rajasekhar Reddy’s land acquisition for the Vanpic project. You fought in support farmers stating the Congress government was grabbing the farmers’ land to the benefit of phony companies. Then, what is the difference between Vanpic and CRDA,” he asked.

Through out the speech, Pawan had been piercingly sarcastic on Chandrababu Naidus’ experience.
Many times he referred to him as the experienced man, able administrator, builder of hi-tech city and as a man who impressed even the president of India while simultaneously pricking Naidu for his thoughtless pressure on the farmers to surrender their land for capital construction.

However, Pawan, feigned cautious about TDP and the government. “I have not come here to fight with a chief minister whom he supported in 2014 elections, painfully going against the wishes of his own brother. We resolve issues across the table. In issues can’t be resolved throgh talk what is meaning democracy,” he asked and adding that he would not hesitate to lay down his life for a just cause.
While stating that he was still a supporter of TDP’s Naidu, he clarified that he was not a slave to that alliance.

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Will Pawan sit on fast for farmers ?


Jana Sena president and movie star Pawan’s tweet that he wants to meet the farmers of river-front villages resisting the government move to take their lands for capital construction, enthused villagers immensely, raised their expectations.

Hours after Pawans tweet, his fans and farmers performed kshirabhisekam to the actor’s portrait in Mangalagiri keeping it by the side of the statue of Babasaheb Amdedkar.

“We are trying to bring him to the villages in two or three days as the government has started issuing notifications for the land acquisition,” said D Balaji Reddy, a farmer-leader fighting against the taking over of fertile lands for Capital construction. Many farmers T-360 spoke to believe that as said earlier, pawan would sit on fast in support of their cause as government was going ahead on land acquisition forcibly.

Talking to T-360 from Vundalli village, Balaji said Pawan’s arrival would change the situation here.
” That Pawan wants to visit our villages is a welcome decision. The earlier the better, he should come immediately. Irrespective of political affiliations, we welcome everyone who supports our cause and stands by us,” Balaji Reddy said.

Pawan visited these villages in March and extended his support to the fight of the farmers to protect their lands. Interacting with the huge sea of farmers, actor, popular as Power Star, threatened to launch an agitation to oppose the land acquisition under duress. When farmers complained that about highhandedness of authorities, he even announced to the applause that he was ready to fight on their behalf.
“If necessary, I will go on fast-unto-death to protect your land,” Pawan said. Many think Pawan will stand by his word and sit on fast to stop the acquisition of highly fertile land for the construction of capital.

Balaji said a notification had been issued last night for some land was not legally untenable. The notification is based on the central ordinance and GO 166. ” The ordinance is valid up to the end of this month. After the than it is null and void. So, the land acquisition notification will also get lapsed. We will challenge this in the court,” he said adding that a case against the GO 166 was already in High Court.

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Yanamala’s poser to Pawan Kalyan


Andhra Pradesh finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu dismissed Jana Sena president and movie star Pawan Kalyan’s request to spare certain lands from being acquired for new capital Amaravati construction as impracticable.

Yanamala, an astute politician, unambiguously asked Pawan to suggest an alternative way to get the lands acquired from the farmers for any developmental project.

In his last ditch attempt ostensibly to save the multi-cropped lands from Krisnhna River front villages for Amaravati construction, Pawan urged chief minister Chandrababu Naidu to spare three village Betapudi, Penumaka and Undavalli from being acquired for capital purpose.

“Land acquisition Act is the only legal instrument the government can acquire the land from public for any developmental work. I would like to know from Pawan if he had any alternative process in mind. We will certainly follow if he suggests any better methodology,” the ministers asked.

Talking about how Film Industry was accommodated in Hyderabad, Yanamala said, the government acquired the lands from the farmers and assigned them to the industry people.

“Lands are essential for the development of the state. When you need development, it is impossible to stop acquiring the lands. In the case of development of Amaravati, the lands Pawan had referred to are located at the centre of the capital region . Is practicable to spare these lands,” the finance minister asked.

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