Telangana Govt sets target of distributing 10,000 acres to SCs

Telangana Govt sets target of distributing 10,000 acres to SCs
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The State government has set a target of distributing 10,000 acres of farmland to beneficiaries belonging to the Scheduled Castes during the current financial year.  Speaking to The Hans India, a senior official said in last two months the Scheduled Castes Finance Cooperative Development Corporation (SCFCDC) was able to acquire 746 acres of land in various districts. It had distributed the land to

Adilabad stands first in implementing the scheme by handing over 1,515 acres of land to beneficiaries followed by Kamareddy

Hyderabad: The State government has set a target of distributing 10,000 acres of farmland to beneficiaries belonging to the Scheduled Castes during the current financial year. Speaking to The Hans India, a senior official said in last two months the Scheduled Castes Finance Cooperative Development Corporation (SCFCDC) was able to acquire 746 acres of land in various districts. It had distributed the land to 279 beneficiaries on the occasion of the State Formation Day on June 2.

After reorganisation of districts, Joint Collectors have been actively taking steps to identify land available within their jurisdiction. The task had proved difficult in the past because the districts used to be very big and the officials were unable to take action speedily.

Reorganisation of districts, the sources said, had helped in putting the process of identification of land on the fast track and submission of reports on land availability to the government for clearance and release of funds, the official said.

The State had so far spent Rs 447 crore for purchasing the land under the scheme in last three years. In Rajanna Sirisilla district alone the district administration had identified about 4,000 acres of land. The government made it very clear that the land which is fit for cultivation should only be acquired.

So far, Adilabad district has the highest number of beneficiaries where 1,515 acres were distributed followed by Kamareddy with 410 beneficiaries who were given 983 acres. Ranga Reddy is the only district where non-availability and high rates of land was causing problems.

So far it could acquire only 45 acres of land which was distributed to 16 beneficiaries. Meanwhile, land acquisition for irrigation projects is another issue coming in the way of taking forward the scheme speedily.

If the land is acquired for the irrigation and other projects the beneficiaries would get not only compensation to their lands but also other benefits like sanction of housing units and the like under Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) Package.

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