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Pressure Centre to hand over CSF land to varsity, State urged

Staff Correspondent

University of Agricultural Sciences proposes to set up a research centre on the site

RAICHUR: The Hyderabad Karnataka Janandolana Kendra (HKJK) has urged the State Government to bring pressure on the Union Government to hand over the land at the Central-State Farm (CSF) located near Jawalgera village in Sindhanur taluk to it so that the proposed agricultural research centre can be set up on it by the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad.

In a statement here on Sunday, Chandrashekar Bale, working president of the kendra, said that CSF was established a few decades ago on the banks of the Tungabhadra near Jawalgera village in Sindhanur taluk.

He said that two years ago, the agricultural university had identified that the land available at the CSF is ideal for developing a research centre to promote agriculture in the region.

However, the Union Government has not given permission to hand over the land. Last year, Vice-Chancellor of the university S.A. Patil had appealed to the State Government to initiate action to take over the CSF and hand over the land to the university.

Mr. Bale said that there were reports that the Union Government is planning to sell the land to a multinational company. Monsanto, a seed producing company, has come forward to buy the land and has filed an application with the Union Government.

It offered to purchase the land at Rs. 20 crores though the current value exceeds Rs. 200 crores.

Meanwhile, Minister for Sugar and in charge of the district Amaregouda Bayyapur and Political Secretary to the Chief Minister N.S. Bose Raju told The Hindu that they are against the Union Government's proposal to sell the land.

They said the State Government has already decided to set up a research centre on the land. They have written to the Chief Minister to take steps to take over the land from the Centre.

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