Despite the Central government adopting the nine amendments in proposed in the Land Acquisition Bill during the recent discussion in Lok Sabha, farmer's organization in Patiala are skeptical about the hidden intentions of the government.
Various farmers' organizations led by Bharti Kisan Union (Dakaunda) staged a protest here on Wednesday at district administrative complex.
During the protest, leaders of these organizations raised their long pending demands and termed Land acquisition ordinance as being anti farmers, which could also prove to be a threat to India's food security. The farmers' body raised slogans against the state Government here outside local administrative complex.
While addressing to the protest rally, Jagmohan Singh, General Secretary of the union slammed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for forcibly introducing the bill and not ensuring that farmers' rights were protected. He also alleged that the central government aims to grab the fertile land of farmers for their vested interest.
Dr Darshan Pal Sharma, District president of the union said that this decision will only could provide benefits to big corporate houses and won't assist the farmers in any manner. He said that government must look into the real problems of the farmers instead of eyeing on their land. He demanded that the state government must abolish taxes on the irrigation water and said that farmers will not pay this dictatorial tax.
He also emphasized on waiving off farmers loan and advocated for 4% annual interest on all kinds of loan for farmers. He also raised the issue of project of solid waste management.
"The state government must give Rs 5 lakhs compensation to the family members of the farmers who have committed suicide," said Sharma.