Even as Telangana Assembly constituted a House Committee on alleged encroachments of assigned lands in the State, the State Government simultaneously ordered a survey into eight acres of assigned land at Rampur allegedly encroached by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Ponnala Lakshmaiah. The Revenue officials concerned in Warangal has commenced survey of the land at the directive of the government, according to informed sources.
The KCR government is firm on its plan to distribute three acres of land to each Dalit family by recovering the encroached lands, which was estimated at 1.90 lakh acres. Legislative Affairs Minister T Harish Rao alleged that the Congress leader grabbed the land in violation of the Act. If the case is proved, Ponnala may face six-month imprisonment, he informed the House. The previous Congress government had allotted eight acres of assigned land to Ponnala Lakshmaiah at a throwaway price of Rs 25,500 per acre as against the actual cost of Rs 10 lakh per acre.
The minister also told the Assembly that then government, through a GO gave 75 acres of land to APIIC and asked it to pay 12 per cent interest and did not ask Ponnala to pay any interest. The prime land is abutting the national highway and Ponnala violated the existing Act that denies permission to disposal of assigned lands. Harish Rao further informed the House that in 1971 then government had allotted 106.31 acres of assigned land to Dalits in Rampur village in Warnagal district.
However, the court denied permission to Ponnala and Rammohan when they tried to take the land as it was assigned to Dalit community. Though notices were issued to them, Ponnala encroached upon the land, Harish Rao alleged. Now that the Act was violated, the GO issued gets cancelled and the government will initiate action, he said. The action should be such that no person in future should try to encroach upon the land, he added.