Ring road affected farmers appeals PM to address their grievances on JK visit

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Jammu: The farmers affected by ring road projects in Jammu and Srinagar on Saturday appealed to the Prime Minister to address their grievances during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
“This project is marred by controversies. We appeal to PM to probe why new ring road projects are not been taken up,” said Raja Muzaffar Bhat RTI activist and convener of Ring Road Land Owners Welfare Committee (Srinagar/ Jammu) in a statement.
“The Congress lead United Progressive Alliance (UPA-II) in the year 2013 enacted more progressive and democratic law called Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (RFCTLARR Act 2013). In spite of the fact that Congress was in coalition Government with National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir in the year 2013, RFCTLARR 2013 was not ratified by J&K Government and the ultimate sufferers are the farmers in J&K “ said G A Paul, president of the Ring Road farmers Kashmir, according to the statement.
“Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (RFCTLARR Act 2013) focuses on providing not only compensation but rehabilitation and resettlement as well,” said O P Khajuria, senior Kisaan leader of Jammu. “In rural areas compensation paid to affected people is foru times more the market value of land and property and in urban areas this compensation is double.”
S C Dubey, a senior leader of ring Road affected farmers committee said: “Private negotiation is a provision in J&K Land Acquisition Act 1934, but we were never called for private negotiations. NHAI says this is a compulsory acquisition. Neither they adhere to J&K Land Acquisition Act provisions nor are they paying us as per central law and in between farmers of J&K are getting sandwiched. We will fight this tooth and nail and will not give our land to NHAI.”