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The Morcha threatened to launch an agitation if the Government failed to take steps to conduct resurvey of lands in the 10 Telangana districts within one month.
Addressing a press conference here, the Morcha State president, N. Venugopal Reddy, said that despite "tall claims'' by the Government several basic issues pertaining to land distribution were not addressed resulting in problems to farmers in Telangana. With the Government implementing different acts for Telangana and other regions, officials and middlemen were exploiting the loopholes in the Revenue Act and cheating farmers of the Telangana districts.
``While the farmers having pattas were not given possession of lands, farmers holding lands did not have pattas in their names. As a result, the farmers are facing severe hardships in securing bank loans and other benefits,'' he said. The anomalies in the Tenancy Act were also posing problems to farmers in the issues relating to property division. In view of this, the Government should initiate steps to redress the problems in the interest of farmers of the region.
Mr. Reddy also criticised the lack of coordination among the Revenue, Agriculture and Irrigation departments which was hampering the collection of data pertaining to crops, amount of crop loans, pesticides and related issues in a scientific manner. As the officials were preparing estimates on the basis of the rainfall received, the Government was not able to assess the requirements properly and hence, farmers were deprived of the benefits assured to them.
The Morcha also demanded that the Government order a probe into the construction of a project over Bayyannavagu in Tungaturthi mandal of Nalgonda district which suffered breaches in the recent rain.
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