December 5, 2023

Farmers and some political events have staunchly opposed the acquisition of farmlands, together with areas with standing paddy crops, allegedly for Neyveli Lignite Company India Restricted’s growth in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district.

A senior official on the Navaratna firm, nonetheless, claimed that no new land was being acquired for now, and that the enterprise was solely concerned in canal diversion work to stop inundation in NLC’s mines.

Tamil Nadu BJP State president Ok. Annamalai, on Thursday, took robust exception to the “method of buying lands utilizing earthmovers to destroy paddy crop” and mentioned a correct process must be adopted in taking possession of the property.

“I took up the difficulty with NLCIL’s Chief Managing Director on Wednesday. I sought enhanced compensation for the lands to be acquired and a job for a member of every household that gave lands to the NLC. And he responded positively,” Annamalai instructed reporters when his consideration was drawn to the farmers’ protests.

If it was the State authorities’s income division concerned in buying lands on behalf of the NLC, then it ought to comply with a correct process as per the Land Acquisition Act and never resort to power of any variety, he mentioned. “Destroying standing paddy crop is unfair,” he mentioned.

Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) founder Vijayakanth mentioned land needs to be acquired solely after acquiring the approval of the land house owners and never by coercion.

Pattali Makkal Katchi chief and former Union Minister Anbumani Ramadoss introduced a picketing agitation in Neyveli on Friday demanding that the corporate drop its plan to accumulate agricultural lands.

On Wednesday, amidst protests by farmers and a few political events, the NLC took up the development of another canal for the Paravanaru River in Bhuvanagiri taluk, with adequate police safety, to safeguard its mines from flooding throughout monsoon.

Cuddalore district administration mentioned it had already knowledgeable the farmers in regards to the NLCIL work prematurely and suggested the ryots to chorus from cultivating within the mentioned lands.

“We even sought the intervention of the Union Minister for Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi to direct the NLCIL to supply enhanced compensation to the land house owners moreover jobs for the farmers who gave their lands for the growth work,” Annamalai mentioned.