A Brief Note on Land Struggle in Andhra Pradesh

For the last three months poor peasants, landless agricultural workers, homeless urban poor people are waging a struggle in Andhra Pradesh demanding the state government to implement the 9/77 act which guarantees land assignment to the poor. Instead of taking steps to implement this act government brought an amendment which nullifies the spirit of the Land Assignment Act, 1977 and paves way to legalise all illegal occupations by the land mafia and influential classes in the state. This act only meant for legalising the illegal occupations of assigned land, snatching away the assigned land from the hands of poor and to reallocate the same to the influential sections of the society.

 

At the same time lakhs of people are waiting in queue for almost one decade to get their
piece of land to construct their homes. Government’s only refrain is that there is no such vacant land which could be given to common masses for such purpose. At the same time the committee appointed by state government under the chairmanship of Koneru Rangarao, Cabinet Minister, found huge tracts of land ( more than
60 lakh acres) available with the government right now with which government can allot at least one acre to each landless family in the state as on date.

 

Fearing worst consequences, the government has refused to make Koneru Rangarao Committee Report public. It is not even ready to table the report on the floor of state assembley. In this back ground a ground swelling movement is going on demanding the state government to implement the recommendations of Koneru Rangarao Committee. 195 grassroot organisations including NGOs cutting across political and ideological affiliations have joined hands in support of this demand. Of late major political parties in the state have also extended their solidarity. The ongoing struggle reached its peak with the Hunger fast movement where the leaders of CPI(M) and CPI sitting on fast. Thousands of hunger fast tents have already been erected in the state where lakhs of common people are sitting on hunger strike in support of demands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of agreeing to the genuine demands of the vast sections of people, state government has sought to repress the movement. More than three thousand cases were registered against the leaders of the movement. Thousands were sent to jail with non bailable warrants. Severe lathi charge has become a daily phenomenon where thousands are bearing the brunt of police. There is a en-mass moral support to this movement including those of upper middle class who could not find land to build their homes. This movement started by the joint actions of the 195 organisation has, now, turned into a political movemnet with joining of political parties and has assumed the proportion of land struggles, the first in last two decades. In solidarity with the huger-fast comrades people are observing State Bandh tomorrow, 28th July.

 

— From S.Vinay kumar/INN

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10 responses to “A Brief Note on Land Struggle in Andhra Pradesh

  1. bharathyd

    Really I am moved by this movement…..I am a student but I too have a dream of having a own land to built my house. But that is impossible these days as the govt is sleeping without taking care of public interests. I really support the struggle that the poor peasants are doing against the govt for land.

  2. Balu

    Peda prajalaku indla stalalu ivvali ani “vama pakyala aadvaryam lo” nyayabaddamayina poratalu chestunte eee congress government 4 mandini kammam lo champi pottana pettukundi. Ee peda prajalu adige 2 guntalu inti stalam ivvataniki eee prabhutvam daggara bhumi ledhu, kaani oka naayakudu muchata padi kattukunta anna airport ki 4000 acre land ivvadam samanjashamena……….. manam andaram aaalochinchalsina avasaram vachindi……… Manam velli rodla meeda godavalu, strikes cheyyavalasina avasaram emi ledhu meeru kurchunna daggari nunde eee pitition ni sign chesi mee frnds tho sign cheyinchandi……

    peda praja aakali badhanu artham chesukovatam lo todpadandi………

    ippati varaku nenu communist ni kaaanu kaani ippati nundi Nenu communist nee…..

    Viplavabhi vandanalatho………
    oooooo YUVAKUDU.

  3. Yes. Shame on ‘Democracy’. The AP government should be stepped down immediately, if they believe in ‘Democracy’….
    Red Salute to all comrades who participated and supported in this struggle.
    This is right time for the Left parties to rethink about continuing in the UPA government.

  4. Ram

    I do not support the ploice firing, but what the fuck E-TV media is doing by knowing something is going to happen. If not for your own media advantage, if not for your own political advantage, why cant you take responsibility to call thr respective minister and have them call police authorities to controll the situation. Without pulic support what the fuck can govt do. Media should also take social responsibility to stop happening this kind of events. Not to get the media advantage by getting the news and covering innnocent people get killed. Common wake up. what kind of world we are living. If you want get more news paper sales, if you want to get more E-TV subscribers, do something good for the people if not for the govt. Dont try to advantage of public weakness and uneducated people with this kind of weapon. I guess you should know by now what I am trying to convey. No single person can make a difference, but meadia can.Use it for good.

  5. ANANTA ACHARYA

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  6. ANANTA ACHARYA

    it is high time to think that left party or parties should support the congress govt. in delhi more… hony moon with one section of reactionery forces in the name of fighting other section is mearly idiotic…. this stand is helping the brutal anti-peasent clique….. cpim has nothing to do but this… they have opend the womb of w.bengal to private and foreign capital in the name of devolepment…. long live a.p. people’s struggle..DARE TO FIGHT DARE TO WIN.

  7. ANANTA ACHARYA

    DARE TO FIGHT DARE TO WIN

  8. Nachiketa Patnaik

    Its really a matter of shame for the entire media fraternity for the amount of priority given to the AP episode compared to the Nandigram epidode.This is a case which is crucial but yet least prority given to the incident.
    The media houses which take responsiblity of being the voice of the people be so irresponsible at times..And the houses get so much biased by their political mentors.

  9. suppression is medium of qushing human voice which bcomes collective and blood has become thinner than water, time to get going with our reciprocative reply which shall send tremors in the mind of capitalistic forces, LAL SALAAM

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