Tony led delegation calls on Div Com, seeks justice for Chatha farmers

JAMMU: A delegation of hundreds of farmers from Chatha led by Taranjit Singh Tony, Senior AAP leader and Member District Development Council (DDC) Suchetgarh called on the Divisional Commissioner Jammu Ramesh Kumar here today and discussed with him the issue the forcible acquisition of the land of poor farmers residing in Chatha area by the SKUAST-Jammu.

The farmers’ delegation comprised of Sarpanch Avtar Singh Shunty, Bal Krishan, Ashok Bhagat, Naib Sarpanch Bhadur Lal, Darbari Lal, Hans Raj and other farmers.

Darbari Lal and Hans Raj, who are pursuing the case of Chatha farmers, told the Divisional Commissioner that the High Court has already directed for proper compensation with 6 per cent interest to the effected farmers but the government has showing indifferent attitude towards the farmers who don’t have any other land for their survival.

AAP leader Tony conveyed to the Divisional Commissioner that it is the duty of Govt to provide suitable accommodation if the Govt displaces a person by acquiring his land for any purposeful project. He lamented the indifferent attitude of the authorities towards poor farmers and asserted that it will not be tolerated at any cost.

Asserting that this is undoubtedly a clear violation of citizen’s genuine right, he urged the Govt to pay due and adequate compensation along with interest to the effected farmers besides providing them land in place of acquired land.  He said that this will have to be decided before the acquisition of land of poor farmers.

Tony said will stage protest on large scale if SKUAST and Civil Administration fails to follow the High Court orders in letter and spirit.

Divisional Commissioner Ramesh Kumar after giving a patient hearing to the delegation members assured that full justice will be done with the poor farmers and that he would see to it that no forcible acquisition of land is undertaken unless the just demands of farmers are not met.


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