Farmers’ rights safe under NDA govt: Birender Singh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Mar 15, 2015 11:37 IST

All rights of farmers are well-protected under the NDA government, especially under the land acquisition bill introduced by the Union government. Farmers’ organisations need not feel insecure and threatened from this bill as the NDA government has firmly assured that the government would never acquire the land without the consent of the farmers.

These views were expressed by Union minister for rural development and pachayati Raj Chaudhary Birender Singh here on Saturday at the kisan mela and farmers’ training camp organised by the Young Farmers Association in association with the department of agriculture at Rakhra village.

Disclosing his intentions and sensibility about the land acquisition bill, he said that “I could not sleep at nights, so I had to present the bill in the Lok Sabha.”

“It was quite a difficult task for me to present the bill in the House. I was restless the whole night because on the one side, there were rights of farmers and on the other side, I had to perform my duty as a minister,” he said.

Birender Singh said that at the time of introduction of the bill, there were apprehensions among farmers that the Union government had been planning to capture their land to sell it to big corporates. He said that since the time of Independence, not even a single political party could deliver much to the farmers.

He said that farmers loved their land so much, but I never seen any farmer becoming rich from the farming sector, because previous governments and so-called pro-farmer political parties never made them aware of the reality of the farming sector.

Mentioning about his 42-year-old association with the Congress, he said that farmers of the country could not learn two things: they could not express their problems and could not identify their real enemies. He said that nobody had raised any question mark about thousands of acres of land to big industrialists, but under the table every political party creates hue and cry over farmers’ rights, which never were given by the previous ruling parties.

He said that the NDA government had no any malaise towards farmers and assured that no injustice would be tolerated with farmers.

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