Kamareddy, Jagtial farmer protests pay off as Telangana government withdraws Master Plans

The two district administrations revoked draft Master Plans with immediate effect, ending the farmers agitation.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jan 20, 2023 | 4:20 PMUpdatedJan 20, 2023 | 4:20 PM

Kamareddy town witnessed tensions on 5 January when a large number of farmers assembled in front of the District Collectorate and protested against the master plan. (Supplied)

Bowing to the pressure exerted by the farmers in Kamareddy and Jagtial districts, the administration of the two districts revoked the draft Master Plans with immediate effect, bringing much-needed relief to a large number of farmers.

A separate resolution to this effect was passed unanimously during the council meetings conducted in Kamareddy and Jagtial towns on Friday, 20 January.

The resolution copies, along with the draft Master Plans, were also forwarded to the state government for its perusal.

The council meetings were chaired by the chairpersons of the Kamareddy and Jagital municipalities, Jahanavi and Shravani, respectively.

The elected representatives in the two council meetings unanimously supported the resolution.

With the two council meetings passing resolutions against the draft Master Plans in Kamareddy and Jagtial towns, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of farmers in the two towns called off their agitation with immediate effect.

The farmers also called off the protest to be organised on Friday to lay siege to the house of BRS MLA Gampa Goverdhan after the draft Master Plan was revoked.

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‘Victory of the farmers’

Farmers in Kamareddy and Jagtial erupted in joy after the Master Plans were cancelled. They exchanged greetings with one another and burst firecrackers.

The JAC leaders said the farmers achieved a major victory by exerting pressure on the administration to cancel the master plans.

Speaking on the occasion, Shravani said the district administration took the decision to render justice to farmers.

“We will not accept anything which is against the interest of farmers. At the same time, farmers should not fall into the trap of Opposition parties,” she said.

BRS MLA M Sanjay Kumar alleged the BJP and Congress were resorting to politics unnecessarily by instigating farmers. The draft master plan of Jagtial town prepared in 1996 was full of errors and the town did not witness any development during the Congress regime.

Sources said the two draft master plans were withdrawn after taking into consideration the decision taken by farmers to intensify their agitation including laying siege to the house of all elected representatives including MLAs.

The irate farmers already laid siege to the Collectorate offices triggering a tense situation at the Kamareddy district Collectorate office a few days ago and organized ‘vanta varpu’ (cook and eat agitation) apart from taking part in road blockades.