Hyderabad: Lakhs of acres have been acquired for various projects but the ownership continues to be with farmers as per revenue records, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said on Thursday.
Speaking at a conference of collectors and revenue officials, he said officials had neglected their prime duty of maintaining land records over the years as they were engaged in implementing the government’s welfare and development programmes. This has now resulted in erroneous land records, disputes and litigations, he said.
“We have decided to give Rs 8,000 per acre per year to farmers. When we inquired about the details of farmers and their lands, the reports submitted by the agriculture department and the revenue department did not match. This problem is due to erroneous land records,” he said.
“We have to find out the details about who owns how much land. There should be clarity on land ownership rights. The government has taken several lakhs of acres from farmers for projects but the records were not updated. The revenue records show that these lands are still in the possession of farmers, which is leading to several problems,” the CM said.
“There is a need to have clarity on the land ownership rights. In every village, 80 to 95 per cent land has no disputes. Get clarity on these lands first with the help of people and farmers. In the second phase, identify the lands that are under litigation. We can give clarity on these lands based on the verdicts given by the courts. Identify the government, Wakf, endowment lands besides lands under the government offices etc,” the CM told officials.
Mr Rao sanctioned Rs 50 lakh to each collector to update land records all over the state in three months.
He asked the collectors, joint collectors, RDOs, MROs to give top priority to the programme and give updated land records as the 2018 New Year gift for land owners.
The conference was meant to finalise norms for the proposed land survey and purification of land records from September 15.
MSP assured for agriculture crops
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday said that no farmer would have to sell agriculture produce below the maximum support price after the constitution of farmers’ councils from the village to the state level.
He said that the farmers’ councils would henceforth fix the MSP and deal with traders in markets.
“With 1.75 lakh members, the councils will become a strong army and programmes for the benefit of farmers will be implemented through this mighty force,” Mr Rao said, while speaking at the collectors’ conference at Pragathi Bhavan.
“Farmers should not bring the entire produce to the market at once. The councils in consultation with the traders will fix the MSP. Only then should the farmers in each village bring their produce to the market,” he advised.
If there is no MSP, the farmers’ councils will directly purchase the produce from farmers at the MSP. The government will provide `500 crore to the state-level farmers council besides giving bank guarantee for another `5,000 crore to ensure MSP for farmers from next year, Mr Rao said.
The government will also give the power to process the produce to the council. This helps the farmers to get the MSP, the CM said.
Mr Rao opined that the problems in the agriculture sector were caused by lack of unity and coordination among farmers. To overcome this, the government had decided to organise farmers as a force to reckon with.
“In these councils, there will be representation of farmers from SC/ST/BC/Minority communities,” Mr Rao said.
Stating that a farmer requires water for cultivation, money for crop investment and MSP for his produce, the CM said that the government would meet all these by June 2018.
“We are constructing projects like Kaleswaram and giving 24x7 power to the farm sector. From May 2018, we will provide `8,000 per acre as investment assistance to the farmers. We are forming farmers’ associations to ensure MSP. All these steps will make agriculture viable for farmers,” the CM remarked.
Sept. 1 to 9: Formation of farmers’ coordination councils from village-level upwards
Sept. 10 to 15: Conferences of mandal-wise farmers’ councils.
Sept. 15 to Dec. 31: Updation of land records by taking revenue village as a unit.
- 1,193 teams to update records in 10,785 revenue villages.
- 9 villages to be covered by each team for 10 days.
- Updated land records will be provided to land owners as 2018 New Year gift.