Farmers in Telangana's Medak District Demand Ownership of Agricultural Land

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Shivam MoghaLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

August 20, 2021

Location of Conflict

Papannapet Mandal


Reason or Cause of Conflict

Communal/Ethnic Conflict



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Farmers of more than 100 households in Papannapet village, which falls under Papannapet tehsil in Medak district, are demanding ownership rights over land that they have been cultivating and living in for more than four generations, according to a news report. The farmers claim that 1,429 acres of land in the village was allotted to Sadashiva Reddy during colonial rule. In 1939, about seven families from Papannapet assisted him in field work, and in 1948, a few of these households received 38E certificates under the Andhra Pradesh (Telangana Area) Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act, which is equivalent to getting land registered in their names. However, they still do not own the lands because they are registered in the names of Sadashiva Reddy and his son, Narayana Reddy. In June 2018, the farmers protested in front of the Mandal Revenue Office (MRO), demanding the registration of the lands in their possession in their name and the issuance of _patta _certificates. The underlying issue is that, since they do not own the lands, they require permission from the family of Narayana Reddy, who now owns 1,100 acres of the land, for constructing utilities. The family's refusal to permit construction has prohibited them from building roads, wells and walls in the village. The MRO officer could not act because a land ceiling case about the legality of one person owning more than 50 acres of land has been pending in court for several years. Unless a judgement is delivered, the ownership of the lands cannot be ascertained, and the wells, walls and roads in Papannapet will remain unconstructed.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for legal recognition of land rights

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Type of Common Land

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Ceiling Laws, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

  1. Andhra Pradesh (Telangana Area) Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act, 1950

    Section 38E [Ownership of lands held by protected tenants to stand transferred to them from a notified date]

  2. Andhra Pradesh Land Reforms (Ceiling On Agricultural Holdings) Act, 1973

    Section 5 [Standard holding for different classes of lands and computation]

Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

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Supreme Court of India

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Mandal Revenue Department

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Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Raja Narender Reddy, a former zamindar

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