Farmers claim govt assurance on taking care of land concerns

The government Tuesday assured farmers that it would keep in mind their concerns while enacting the land acquisition law, a representative of the apex body of farmers claimed.

New Delhi: The government Tuesday assured farmers that it would keep in mind their concerns while enacting the land acquisition law, a representative of the apex body of farmers claimed.

A delegation comprising leaders of 15 farmer organisations met Home Minister Rajnath Singh to place their demands.

"The Home Minister has assured us that the government will discuss farmers' concerns and it will be taken care of," Bharat Krishak Samaj Chairman Krishan Bir Chaudhary told reporters after the meeting.

He said farmers have no truck with the agitation by Anna Hazare and alleged that it is supported by "foreign funded NGOs" who have nothing do with the farmers.

"We have no connection or support to Anna Hazare agitation, it is supported by foreign-funded NGOs and we don't want to be trapped by them. It is our land we want to fight for it. Whereas NGOs are foreign funded and they have hidden agenda," Chaudhary added.

Farmer leaders also demanded that government must not acquire land for private parties. It could acquire only for public or public-private projects, he added.

"We came to meet Rajnath ji after government's invitation. We have told him that farmers opposed the ordinance in its present form. There must not be any acquisition of land by government for private parties," Bharat Kisan Union General Secretary Yudhvir Singh said.

The farmer organisations also said government must take consent of 70 per cent farmers in the affected areas while acquiring land for public projects and permission of 80 per cent farmers in affected areas of those projects where government works in partnership with private parties.

"The social impact of projects must be ascertained by a committee and 50 per cent of its members should comprise farmer and non-government representatives," Singh added.

Meanwhile, Rural Development Minister Birender Singh introduced the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill 2015, in Lok Sabha.

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