The Farmer Community in both Jammu and Kashmir division on Monday put up a united face, asking government not to coerce them to give away their land on meager prices.
According to the KNS correspondent, Ring and Semi Ring Road Land Owners Welfare Committee which consists of farmers from Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Udhampur, Pulwama, Budgam, Srinagar, Baramulla, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts organized a joint press conference in Jammu to put forward genuine demands before the Government regarding Land Acquisition for Ring and Semi Road Projects in the state.
Addressing the press conference, the farmers whose lands are being taken away from them stated that they will continue their struggle for pushing forward the demands for fair and legitimate compensation from National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). “We appeal the state government to either enact new version of Land Acquisition Act wherein 4 times compensation than market value is guaranteed to us. If this is not immediately possible then Govt must impress upon NHAI for private negotiations which have been held in past during land acquisition on Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla railway project,” farmers said.
Among those who addressed the press include GA Paul , SC Dubey , R S Chib , Kulbushan Khajuria , Raja Muzaffar Bhat , B P Sharma , Ghulam Mohiudin Paul and Haji Sheikh Hassan.
The speakers added that NHAI has agreed to pay four times more compensation than market land in rural areas and two times in urban areas provided state of Jammu and Kashmir adopts Central Land Acquisition Act of 2013. “But the state government is not agreeing to adopt it and NHAI is not agreeing for Pvt Negotiations and in between farmers are made scapegoats,” they said.
The farmers added that the government must stop putting pressure on poor farmers to give away their land on very low price as this is creating a public outcry in Jammu as well as in Kashmir region. “It is for the first time that farmers of Jammu as well as of Kashmir have united against this move and we will fight this battle jointly.”