‘Give proper compensation or return farmers` land`
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 20:22
Issru: Punjab unit of Congress has demanded compensation for the farmers of Mansa at prevailing market rates, for the land acquired for the Gobindpura power plant.

"The land holdings in Mansa, where the land had been acquired, were quite small and the rate offered by the government, Rs 23.77 lakh per acre was less than half of the market price," Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh said.

He announced that he would lead his party's morcha in support of the protesting farmers from September 2.

Addressing the party's political conference on the occasion of Independence Day here yesterday, Amarinder supported the protesting farmers saying, the government had robbed them of their precious possession.

The PCC president questioned the very motive of the Akali-BJP government to acquire land for a private company Indiabulls.

"What is more intriguing is that the government handed over the land to Indiabulls without any competitive bidding," he alleged.

The standard procedure for allotting a power project is through competitive bidding and global tendering, he said.

"In this case they did everything clandestinely with a company which has no experience of generating power," he pointed out.

The former chief minister condemned the use of brute force against the farmers who are not allowed to go to their land.

On August 2, one farmer was killed and 15 others sustained injuries as the police lathi-charged a large group of farmers protesting against acquisition of land for setting up 1350 MW thermal power plant at Gobindpura village in Mansa district.


First Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 20:22

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