Hyderabad, INN: The Congress Legislature Party on Saturday rejected the offer made by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao of giving an option to Mallanna Sagar outsees to seek compensation under GO 123 or Land Acquisition Act, 2013.
In a media statement, Leader of Opposition in Telangana State Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir said that the State Government should scrap the GO MS NO. 123 to end the confusion. “Nowhere in the country the outsees of a project were offered two sets of compensation packages.
The Land Acquisition Act, 2013, was passed in the Parliament during the previous Congress-led UPA regime after intense debate to ensure that affected farmers get adequate compensation for their lands. However, TRS Government tried to trick farmers by replacing the Central Act with a GO.
Since KCR and his men were unable to suppress the protest by affected outsees, they came up with a new plan to create a rift among agitating farmers,” he said.
Shabbir Ali said KCR had made several attempts in the past to replace Laws with GOs. “This time, the TRS Government was forced to bow under the pressure of agitating farmers. Therefore, KCR came up with an illogical solution to end the row.
The Mallanna Sagar issue pertains to the lives of thousands of farmers and not a quiz show where KCR can ask them to select one of the two options. The Chief Minister should immediately order scrapping of GO 123,” he demanded.
Further, Shabbir Ali said that the TRS Government should reduce the reservoirs capacity from the proposed 50 TMC. He said several experts have clearly opined that it was not viable or advisable to construct a 50 TMC reservoir on a canal. Therefore, the reservoir’s size should be reduced.
He said that the TRS Government has been proposing to irrigate one crop by acquiring fertile lands which already irrigate two crops. This clearly shows the inexperience and immaturity of TRS Government and exposes the unscientific approach being adopted towards irrigation projects, he said.