Cairn India exploiting farmers, says Cong MP

Last Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 19:28

New Delhi: A Congress member from Gujarat
today claimed that an explosive situation is developing in
Jamnagar district as Cairn India was exploiting farmers by
acquiring lands at cheap rates.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha,
Vikram Maadam said Cairn India which was extending its work
from Barmer in Rajasthan to Gujarat was forcing farmers to
sell land at just Rs 40,000 per acre.

At a time when agitating farmers in Aligarh are demanding
more than Rs four lakh, farmers in Gujarat are being forced by
the company to sell land at cheap rate under pressure from the
mafia and the administration, he alleged.

He said an explosive situation was developing in the
district and something untoward could happen there in the near
future if prompt steps were not taken to pacify the farmers.

Vedanta Resources announced on August 16 that it is going
to acquire up to 60 per cent stake in Cairn India which is
operating the Mangala oilfield in Barmer.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 19:28

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