The Hyderabad High Court(HC) has questioned the Right to Fair Compensation Act in the State for unfair actions in the name of land acquisition. Under the Act, the State government can acquire land for specific purposes. However, it was found that the Andhra Pradesh government was acquiring double crop wetland for its urban housing scheme in Kovvur town of West Godavari district instead of the available dry land.
A division bench constituting Chief Justice, T B Radhakrishnan and Justice, S V Bhatt, shared that in a contempt case, a woman farmer was expelled out of her one and half acre land parcel in Kovvur without providing the compensation. Despite a stay order the standing crops in the field were also destroyed.
D V Sitarama Murthy, Senior Counsel shared that the green fields were cleared, leaving aside the dry land in the area. As per the layouts, the dry land areas are being converted by farmers for non-agricultural use. The State needs to pay compensation according to the square yard for such land. Despite a restraint order, the officials are following unfair means and are targeting the green double crop wetland and even destroyed the standing crops.
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