VIJAYAWADA: Land pooling in the proposed AP capital region is likely to run into rough weather as more social activists have joined the farmers in their protest against the government’s move.
Aruna Roy, member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) during the UPA regime, is slated to visit the villages in Tulluru, Mangalagiri and Tadepalli mandals along with Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan fame. Roy, a main force behind the new land acquisition Act, is learnt to be unhappy with the latest amendment to the Act and has decided to stand by the farmers. Following the amendment, farmers fear that the government may not pay them a handsome compensation as was promised in the original Act.
Meanwhile, the National Alliance for People’s Movement (NAPM) is set to organise a round table conference in Delhi on Monday on the land pooling issue. Former bureaucrat MG Devasahayam will make a presentation at the meet which would see the participation of activists and constitutional experts, including Vandana Siva, Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Sandeep Pandey, KB Saxena, Vinayak and SC Saxena.