Chandigarh: After a Union Minister, a member of Bhupinder Singh Hooda`s ministry in Haryana has pressed the state government to review its decision on acquiring "fertile" land for infrastructure and industrial
projects following protests from farmers.
Besides being under fire from opposition including INLD, the state government has been facing stiff opposition from farmers whose land is being acquired for setting up a nuclear energy plant at Fatehabad and Industrial Model Township (IMT) at Ambala despite the government hiking the floor rate in the recently announced land acquisition policy.
The latest to oppose the state government`s decision of acquiring land is state Finance Minister Ajay Singh Yadav, who has sought Hooda`s intervention in the IMT project at Dharuhera in Rewari.
"I have recently written a letter to Chief Minister Hooda putting forth the cause of the farmers whose land is being acquired. The farmers met me earlier and expressed concern over a chunk of land being acquired in Dharuhera (Rewari) by HSIIDC (Haryana State Industrial and nfrastructure Development Corporation)," Yadav told a news agency.
He said that Manesar, Bawal and Dharuhera belt are "already industrially well developed" and expressed concern said that further land acquisition will leave little land for agricultural purposes.
"If the land is acquired for industrial purposes in the already industrially developed area, then the farmers will be left with little land for agricultural purposes and I have to protect the interests of my constituents," Yadav, a six-time Congress MLA from Rewari, said, adding that the state government should develop industry in backward areas.
Yadav said that the farmers were also not interested in parting with their land as the floor rate fixed by the government was much less than the market rate of Rs one crore per acre.
The minister also demanded that farmers, rendered landless after their land was acquired by the HSIIDC, should also be guaranteed jobs.
State-owned HSIIDC has decided to acquire 494 acres of land for setting up an industrial town at Dharuhera as part of its plans to procure over 14,000 acres of land across the state to push industrialisation.
Hooda government also earned the wrath of farmers in Ambala who have been opposing its decision to acquire 1,850 acres of land for developing an IMT.
At the instance of the agitating farmers, Union Minister and Congress MP from Ambala Kumari Selja last month even asked Hooda to review the decision of acquiring fertile land.
Farmers in Fatehabad also have been at loggerheads with authorities over the move to acquire land for setting up the state`s first nuclear power plant.
In November last year, Haryana government had raised minimum floor rate and even offered plots and government jobs to farmers for acquiring land across the state in a bid to woo affecting land owners.
The state also announced a `No Litigation Incentive` scheme whereby additional 20 percent of floor rate would be offered to farmers for not resorting to any litigation against the government.
Notably, Haryana government was applauded last year by Congress President Sonia Gandhi for implementing farmer-friendly land acquisition policy and she even asked other states to emulate the same.