Memorandum to Prez on Land Acquisition Act

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Puducherry, Dec 22 (UNI) A Tamil Nadu-based organisation striving for the welfare of farmers today urged President Prathiba Patil not to give assent to the new Land Acquisition (Amendment) Act 2007 without incorporating provisions to ensure farmers' welfare.

The NLC Peripheral Land Acquisition Affected and To Be Affected Villagers Rights and Welfare Protection Peravai General Secretary A John, who called on the President at the Rajnivas here, submitted a memorandum seeking provisions incorporating promises made by the Prime Minister and others that fertile and cultivable land will not be acquired for developmental purposes.

Provisions taking into account minerals available on lands acquired for mining purpose, annual yield of commercial crops grown in the land multiplied by 33 and provisions to pay royalty to farmers must be incorporated in the Act, the memorandum said.

Unless these vital issues were addressed, the farmers would be deprived of livelihood and shelter, the organisation said.

UNI

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