Dharani on hold? Telangana CM Revanth Reddy forms committee to identify, address land-related issues

Reddy had used Dharani as one of the issues in the Assembly elections and accused the then-ruling BRS of using it to encroach on farmers' lands.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Dec 14, 2023 | 7:30 AMUpdatedDec 14, 2023 | 7:30 AM

Dharani portal, land issues: Revanth Reddy and other key Telangana Congress leader in a review meeting. (X)

Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy on Wednesday, 13 December, ordered the constitution of a committee for the speedy redressal of land-related issues in the state.

He gave the order at a review meeting with officials on the Dharani portal and the allegations that its administration had faced.

In the meeting, he asked Chief Secretary A Santhi Kumar to submit a detailed report on the decisions taken till date since the introduction of the portal.

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Revanth Reddy vs Dharani

Revanth Reddy had used the Dharani portal as one of the issues in the recent Assembly elections and accused the then-ruling BRS of using it to encroach on the lands of farmers without their knowledge.

He had said that several farmers were suffering silently after their lands had been shifted to the “prohibited” list on the Dharani portal.

A fact-finding committee of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) had even gone around the state and apparently found that the portal had done more harm than good.

Based on the report, the Congress intensified its attack on the BRS.

Reddy had said that the new portal that the Congress government would come up with would be christened Bhoomatha, which would serve as a panacea to all problems.

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Review meeting 

Reddy, after becoming the chief minister, called the meeting on Dharani to get to the bottom of why it was designed and for whose benefit.

At the review meeting at the state secretariat, he asked the officials to appoint an expert committee to go into various land-related issues that the farmers were facing on a day-to-day basis.

They have also been tasked with identifying how these could be addressed without subjecting the farmers to any inconvenience.

He recalled the guidelines that the Koneru Ranga Rao committee had come up with in the 1990s for the resolution of land-related issues and wanted the new committee to work along those lines.

The chief minister wanted the committee to comprise ministers, Revenue Department officials, representatives of farmers, and experts who know the various land-related legislations.

As soon as the meeting was over, the department reportedly sent instructions to district collectors to stop transactions on the Dharani portal and wait for further instructions, as there was a possibility of a new set of instructions soon.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, ministers Damodar Rajanarasimha (Medical and Health) and P Srinivas Reddy (Revenue), and Principal Secretary (Revenue) Naveen Mittal.

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