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Lok Satta seeks probe into benami compensation

HYDERABAD: Lok Satta Party charged that some people's representatives in collusion with officials had drawn compensation in the names of benami farmers in the land acquisition for the proposed aluminium factory by the Jindals in Boddavara region of S. Kota mandal in Vizianagaram district causing a financial loss to the tune of Rs 10 crore to the government of the Rs 22.44 crore paid as compensation.

While some fake landholders managed to get huge compensation, some genuine farmers were paid only nominal or nil compensation, it said in a release.

A five-member committee headed by the party's Vizianagaram unit, Bhisetty Babji, had conducted an inquiry in which the irregularities came out and they submitted a report to party president Jayaprakash Narayan. Although he had forwarded the report to the chief minister on September 8 seeking an inquiry, no action has been taken.

Now the party has demanded an immediate inquiry into this and action against the guilty and justice to the displaced farmers.

According to the report, in five villages, 12 benami farmers were paid Rs 35 lakh as compensation. Further, it was paid only for a part of the land acquired from D patta holders. Even in their case, officials handed over cheques to brokers instead of landholders so that they could have their cut. B Memo land holders were not paid any compensation at all.

Moreover, there were no proper records concerning land acquisition. Also, the records available did not tally with one another and some records looked apparently newly forged, said the report.

Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 13:24

Lok Satta demands inquiry in land acquisition for Jindals

Hyderabad (PTI): Lok Satta Party headed by civil servant turned politician Jayaprakash Narayan, on Friday demanded an immediate inquiry into the alleged irregularities in payment of compensation for land acquired for Jindal Aluminium factory in Vizinagaram district.

The party alleged that some people's representatives, in collusion with officials, had drawn compensation in the names of farmers and caused financial loss to the government.

While some fake landholders managed to get huge compensation, some genuine farmers were paid only nominal or no compensation, the party said in a statement here.

The Jindals are building the aluminium factory in Boddavara region of S Kota Mandal in Vizinagaram district over 1048 acres.

According to the Lok Satta, the irregularties involved Rs 10 crore of the Rs 22.44 crore paid as compensation.

The party General Secretary D V V S Varma and party spokesman B Krishna Reddy said a five-member committee headed by Lok Satta Party's Vizinagaram unit, Bhisetty Babji, had conducted an inquiry and submitted a report to party President Jayaprakash Narayan.

Friday, November 7, 2008 - 23:23

Garjana displayed money power: LSP

HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam party’s Yuva Garjana at Guntur was a mere manifestation of money power in politics and was meant to hoodwink people, the Lok Satta Party said here today.

According to a press release here, LSP spokespersons K Srinivasa Rao and B Krishna Reddy said the TDP, which claimed to root out corruption, should first be transparent in respect of its programmes, collection of funds, expenditure and selection of candidates to contest elections.

Those who spent crores of rupees on conduct of the meeting did so to earn many times of their investment once they assumed power.

"Could film star Balakrishna, who made his political debut at the meeting, claim that those who requisitioned helicopters to shower flowers on the audience did so with an altruistic motive," they asked. Rao and Reddy pointed out that the TDP and NTR clan were trying to encash NTR’s legacy instead of shaping the youth into responsible citizens.

Former Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, instead of apologising to the public for the inconvenience caused by the traffic blockade for 50 km on the national highway, gleefully claimed it as an unprecedented event. Instead of pursuing issue-based politics, the TDP was seeking to impress the people with massive and pompous shows. "While Barack Obama got elected as US president through sheer strength of his personality and policies, the traditional parties here organise meetings in the name of 'growls and roars' and ferrying people like sheep to listen to them," they regretted.

Friday, November 7, 2008 - 19:02