news Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | February 24, 2015 | 10:05 am IST The Hyderabad high court on Monday gave three weeks to the AP government to explain its land pooling policy after the state drew flak from opposition parties and farmers. The judge Justice A Rajasekhar Reddy was hearing a petition filed by scores of farmers from the mandals and districts where AP is planning to build its proposed capital. The farmers also argued that the land acquisition should be done with the full consent of the farmer and added that the state was not allowing farmers to grow their second crop despite them stating the reasons for their reluctance to part with their land. The YSRCP, which is the chief opposition party in the state has also sided with the farmers and has come down heavy on the TDP-BJP regime. "We are fighting against the failed loan waiver scheme for the farmers offered by the TDP government for land pooling, for the proposed capital. We have conducted many protests against the government and also filed a few petitions our self." Y.V. Subba Reddy, a YSRCP leader told The News Minute.  A majority of the farmers are against the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) Bill-2014 which was introduced in the assembly by AP Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister P Narayana in December last year. The CRDA is the supreme authority from the ground level to the conceptualization and administration of the capital region. It is also responsible for the land pooling scheme and everything related to the development of the capital region. The bill also gives CRDA the authority to acquire, sell, transfer or grant license for the purpose of development of the land. The bill also allows the state government to constitute the CRDA with chief minister Chandrababu Naidu as chairman. Reports also suggest that notices would be issued to all the farmers and if there is no response to the notice within a fortnight, it will be considered that the farmer is willing to part with the land. The High Court gave the AP counsel three weeks to file the state's counter. It remains to see how the state government will respond to the accusations and defend the CRDA. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute Read - An interview with Sudharani, the woman farmer who has become a cause of worry for TDP
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