In a first, Andhra Pradesh returns over 2,000 acres of SEZ land to farmers

The Kakinada Special Economic Zone (KSEZ) farmers have succeeded in making  the state government  agreeing to return the said land back to them.  Last week, the Andhra Pradesh sta

The cabinet agreed to return about 2,180 acres of land in the Kakinada district to farmers who had declined to take any compensation. This brings an end to a nearly one-and-a-half-decade of farmers’ protest. 

Many farmers are now calling Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy “the farmer’s protector” following the announcement. 

Political parties such as the BJP, the CPI, the CPM, Telugu Desam and several NGOs visited the region in support of the farmers. In the initial phases, the Kadali Organization led by its Secretary K. Rajendra initiated the agitation by raising consciousness among farmers about the environmental problems they could face in the future. Rajendra took many ecologists, including Medha Patkar and Balagopal, to the area.

They raised the farmers’ awareness and submitted representations to central and state governments on their behalf.

“When he was the opposition leader, Jagan Mohan Reddy had visited the KSEZ region during his padayatra and vowed to solve the problem. The Chief Minister fulfilled his promise and proved his integrity,” said Chinta Suryanarayana Murthy, convener of KSEZ Vyathireka Porata Samithi.

When Chandrababu Naidu was in opposition in the united AP, he told KSEZ farmers that if he came to power, they would give back their lands. But he did not keep his pledge after assuming office, despite leading the state from 2014 to 2019.

“The protest of the farmers was supported by all political parties and we thank them.  We will never forget CM Jagan as he has finally gives us justice,”  said Chinta Suryanarayana Murthy.

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