JK farmers to fight battle jointly
JAMMU: The farmers affected by ring road, semi ring road projects in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday said they will continue their struggle regarding fair and legitimate compensation from the government.
Running under the banner of “Ring Road and Semi Ring Road Land Owners Welfare Committee” which consists of farmers from Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Udhampur, Pulwama, Budgam, Srinagar, Baramulla, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts organised a joint press conference in Jammu on Monday to put forward their genuine demands before the government regarding land acquisition for ring and semi road projects in JK.
“We appeal to the government to enact new version of land acquisition act wherein four times compensation than market value is guaranteed to us. If this is not immediately possible, then government must impress upon NHAI for private negotiations which have been held in past during land acquisition on Udhampur- Srinagar – Baramulla railway project,” they said in a statement.
“NHAI has agreed to pay four times more compensation than market land in rural areas and two times in urban areas provided state of J&K adopts central land acquisition act, 2013. But the government of J&K is not agreeing to adopt it and NHAI is not agreeing for private negotiations, and in between farmers are made scapegoats,” they said.
“Government must stop putting pressure on poor farmers to give away their land on very low price as this is creating a public outcry in Jammu as well as in Kashmir region,” the land owners union said. “It is for the first time that farmers of Jammu and Kashmir have united against this move and we will fight this battle jointly.”
Recently a delegation of farmers met with the revenue Minister A R Veeri in Budgam. “Veeri had assured us that government will look into our demands and assured that each affected person, farmer would be fairly compensated,” they said, adding, “But it seems government has some other plans like snatching our land.”
They added: “Not only land but government is not paying fair compensation for fruit bearing trees as well. Our apple, plum, almond orchards and saffron fields are being forcibly occupied, and compensation paid is ten times less as the formula adopted has been prepared way back in 1986.”
Those who were present in the press conference includes – GA Paul, SC Dubey, R S Chib, Kulbushan Khajuria, Raja Muzaffar Bhat, B P Sharma, Ghulam Mohiudin Paul and Haji Sheikh Hassan.