Karnataka: Farmers in dilemma over land issue

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Mysore, Oct 31: The Mysore district, growing with rapid speed in all sectors, particuarly Industries, the farmers in and around Mysore city were in a dilemma about parting with their lands, if they were offered a good price by the government.

Some farmers were prepared to sell their lands, while others are in two minds on accepting the lucrative money offered by private and public players.

The conversion of agricultural land for industrial purpose has facilitated both private and public players to buy farmlands. The plans of the state government to lift the ban on purchase of agricultural land by non-agriculturists would open flood gates, K S Puttaniah, President of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha said.

Mr Puttaniah told UNI that the farmers had an emotional bond with their land and it was difficult for them to escape the lure of money.

The KRRS would take up this issue in its working committee meeting scheduled for November 4, he added.

The KRRS leaders said a whopping 56,000 acres of land had been registered at the office of sub registrar in the past few years and the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) alone had acquired over 12,000 acres of land.

Another leader Badagalapura Nagendra said farmers in and around Varuna canal were alleging that KIADB which was keen on acquiring agricultural land adjoining the canal, entered its name along with that of farmers in the Right of Tenancy and Cultivation (RTCS) records soon after issuing 4(1) notification.

''Our RTCS shows that land has been acquired by KIADB, this has caused serious problems for the farmers in availing any facility from banks and financial institutions, Swamy, a farmer from Kadakola, said.


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