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Hooda assures protesting farmers on land acquisition issue

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today met farmes protesting against land acquisition in Rewari and assured them that no further steps would be taken on the acquisition front till two committees proposed to be set up to hold discussions came up with a tangible solution to the contentious issue.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 25, 2012 23:16 IST
HT Correspondent

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday met farmes protesting against land acquisition in Rewari and assured them that no further steps would be taken on the acquisition front till two committees proposed to be set up to hold discussions came up with a tangible solution to the contentious issue.


"The chief minister, who met the farmers on Wednesday, has assured that no further step will be taken in the Bawal land acquisition process till the two committees come up with a tangible solution," Haryana industries minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

He also said that the Haryana government had decided to hold a judicial inquiry into the incidence of violence at Rewari civil secretariat and Bawal. The two incidents were a fallout of the simmering unrest among farmers opposed to acquisition of their agricultural land for industrial projects.

Regarding the judicial inquiry, he said a retired high court judge would be appointed under the Commissions of Inquiry Act to probe the two incidents wherein public property was damaged and many government officials, policemen and farmers were injured.

Surjewala, who held a meeting with the protesting farmers in New Delhi on Wednesday, said it had also been decided to constitute two committees - one comprising farmers and another comprising government officials - to hold parleys on the land acquisition in Bawal area.

Surjewala said the government committee, headed by him, would hold discussions with the 11-member farmers' panel.

The government committee would also include health minister Rao Narender Singh and officials of the industries department and the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC).

He said they intended to look at the land acquisition issue in Bawal with an open mind.