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Pehowa farmers' interests will be protected: Chattha

Haryana finance minister Harmohinder Singh Chattha on Monday said that the interests of farmers whose land was on lease in Pehowa constituency in Kurukshetra would always be protected.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 19, 2013 23:49 IST
HT Correspondent

Haryana finance minister Harmohinder Singh Chattha on Monday said that the interests of farmers whose land was on lease in Pehowa constituency in Kurukshetra would always be protected.

Stating that the state government did not intend to uproot them and would do everything to protect their rights, Chattha criticised the allegations of Tarlochan Singh, former chairman of the National Commission for Minorities at Karah Sahib village in Pehowa, in a statement released here on Monday.

Chattha said Singh was misleading the innocent farmers by making baseless statements and disturbing the atmosphere of the constituency, which would not be tolerated.

Chattha, who is also MLA from Pehowa, questioned Singh that where was he at the time when a few years ago during the tenure of the INLD government, the farmers were not only rendered landless in Guldera village of the district, but their houses and tube wells were also demolished.

“Not only this, the INLD government had also sent 20 machines (combine harvesters) to harvest crops in the village which were loaded in trolleys and were sold in mandis,” he said.

Chattha said that in sharp contrast to what the INLD had done at the time of their tenure, the current state government issued two notifications in 2008 and 2010 for the restoration of farmers' land.

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had said that the government would also provide legal assistance for this purpose to the farmers and no farmer would be uprooted, he said, adding that Hooda was also concerned about the interests of the affected Sikh farmers in Gujarat.

Chattha said he was fully aware of the problems being faced by farmers of Pehowa and that he had been protecting the interests of the farmers and would continue to do so in future as well.