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Deprivation of Land Traumatic for Farmer, More So When Lawful Compensation, Rehabilitation, Resettlement Not Given at The Earliest: Telangana HC [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 8 Jun 2020 7:29pm

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A Bench of Justices M. S. Ramachandra Rao and K. Lakshman of the Telangana High Court has on June 03, 2020, in the matter of Merugu Narsaiah @ Narsimha Reddy and Ors. v. The state of Telangana, while asking respondent State to compensate petitioner farmers adequately observed that, “for an Indian farmer like the petitioners, deprivation of agricultural land is traumatic, more so, when compensation as per the Law of the land is not paid at the earliest and proper Resettlement and Rehabilitation, as per law, is not done.”

 

Background of the case:

The petitioners were small farmers owning small extents of the land who were eking out their livelihood doing agriculture. The State of Telangana had initiated the Kaleswaram Irrigation Project under which it proposed to construct many reservoirs downstream including the Ananthagiri Sagar Reservoir. The petitioners’ lands were required by the State/respondents for the purpose of the Anatagirisagar reservoir, which was also a component of the Kaleaswaram irrigation project. As part of the above scheme, a large extent of land including the lands belonging to the petitioners was also to be acquired for this reservoir.

The Counsel for the petitioners had contended that petitioners were forcibly evicted from their lands and houses in the middle of the night April 20 and 24, 2020, and Ananthagirisagar reservoir was inaugurated and the Godavari water was released from it to Ranaganayaka Sagar reservoir which submerged their lands.

All writ petitioners had asserted that the respondents had resorted to coercive tactics and forced them to sign ‘consent… Continue Reading...


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