Magsaysay award winner Rajendra Singh who has worked in the field of water conservation visited the satyagrah site of Gandhian organization Ekta Parishad at Neelam Park in Bhopal on Tuesday to express solidarity with farmers and tribals who are observing a four-day hunger strike to protest the alleged anti-farmer policies of the union and state governments.
Speaking to the satyagrahis, Singh said that earlier a movement was launched to give land to farmers and now a movement is being launched to keep land with farmers.
He said that the land acquisition bill is being brought in to favour industrialists and is blatantly anti-farmer.
He termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a dictator who does not listen to anyone.
Gandhian Rajagopal PV and 20 volunteers have been on a hunger strike since April 26 to protest against the alleged anti-farmer policies of state and union governments.
Singh said that forests, land and water are being seen with commercial lens. This would lead to marginalised communities being deprived of their land, water and forests.
Former MP and Congress vice president Laxman Singh also reached the satyagrah site. He said that the government will fix the rate of the land at a tenth of the market rate and then acquire it giving a pittance in the name of compensation.
He said that he is opposing the proposed acquisition of 6,000 acres of farmland in Rajgarh district for industries.
He said that in Sohawalpur, land on the banks of a river has been given to industries and they are not allowing farmers to draw water from the river.
He said that the need of the hour in the country is to have a property acquisition act so that property from the rich can be taken and distributed among marginalised sections.
The satyagrah will end on April 29.