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'Rahul should meet Manesar farmers'

india Updated: Jul 11, 2011 00:46 IST
Amina Shervani

To show solidarity with farmers involved in a land acquisition row in Greater Noida, Rahul Gandhi visited Bhatta Parsaul and recently, finished his four-day yatra.

A similar situation is unfolding in the villages of Manesar extension in Gurgaon, where the interests of poor farmers have been bulldozed by the state. The 'authorities' want to sell land to developers.

Now, the Supreme Court has given a breather to the farmers of Shahberi (Greater Noida) where the 'acquired' land has been ordered to be returned to the rightful owners - farmers. Their counterparts in Gurgaon are also fighting a legal battle in the apex court.

The only difference lies in the fact that no violence has been reported in Gurgaon.

This peaceful legal recourse taken by Haryana farmers has relegated their concerns to the backburner of the government's priority list. It's ironical that the Haryana government is ruled by Congress, whereas the party's general secretary Rahul Gandhi slams other governments in our immediate neighbourhood.

I invite Rahul Gandhi to visit the 6000 acres in Manesar area, governed by his own party from Chandigarh, next to the Maruti factory.

The selfish interests of the state government are evident from the fact that the HSIIDC has sold industrial plots for

Rs 4 crore per acre and has auctioned a three-acre commercial plot for R325 crore. This, after acquiring the land for a paltry Rs 4 lakh per acre 15 years ago.

Fair treatment?
Would you call this just and fair treatment to the farmer whose land was taken? It is also an injustice to the entrepreneur who was sold this land at high rates with bad infrastructure.

On March 4, 2011, a delegation of farmers met chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and he assured them that he won't take their land.

At the same time, the Gurgaon administration started working overtime on weekends to issue compensation cheques and convince people to accept them.

Although peaceful means of the farmers may seem to suggest that everything is kosher in land acquisition process in the fringes of the Millennium City, the truth is that all is not well in Haryana.

The writer heads the Manesar Welfare Industrial Association (MIWA)