Karimnagar: There is a need for an extensive debate on introduction of private universities and land acquisition in the ongoing Assembly sessions, said Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) chairman Kodandaram. For the same, JAC has decided to meet all political parties’ leaders on Monday and request them to discuss the issues in the house.
Participating in the extensive meeting of Telangana Vidyavantula Vedikha (TVV) of erstwhile Karimnagar district held here on Sunday, JAC leader urged the State government not to approve private universities bill in a haste, since there was a big threat to the government educational institutions.
“Where is the need for private universities when there are 60 junior colleges for every one lakh students,” he said and added that all government colleges would be closed if private institutions were established.
He aslo spoke about the plight of farmers. Farmers, who were losing their lands under various irrigation projects were unhappy over rehabilitation package offered by the State government, he said. The securities provided to land ousters in 2013 land acquisition act should be protected, he said and requested for a fruitful discussion on the issue in the Assembly.
Talking about the breach of mid manair reservoir bund, Kodandaram found fault with the government for washing off its hands by cancelling contract works and not initiating action against the contractor.
He said, “Natural resources of Karimnagar district have been destroyed by granite and sand mafia. Hillocks, which help to hold rainwater and store water can be utilised for irrigation. How is it possible to protect rainwater if the all hillocks are shifted to China and other places in the name of granite business.”
Similarly, sand was being transported illegally to other places. Local people were unable to get sand for building houses but a huge quantity of sand was being transported to other areas by sand mafia. It was the responsibility of civil organisations such as TVV and others to raise such kind of public interest issues on different platforms, he said.
With a view to take forward and materialise the Telangana agitation’s objectives, they have decided to continue TVV, which had played a vital role in Telangana movement.