Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday described the girdawari (land survey) conducted by the BJP government as a scam and threatened to launch a Jan Jagran Abhiyan (mass awareness drive) against the “be-asardaar, bedard sarkar” (ineffective and insensitive government), from village Kandela in Jind district on May 31.
Interacting with newspersons at a Meet-the-Press programme here, Hooda also threatened to launch a stir along with the sugarcane growers if they would not get their due payments from the sugar mills in the next 10 days.
He flayed what he termed as insensitivity of agriculture minister OP Dhankar for his remarks that he felt like dancing in the wake of the happiness of farmers over getting relief given by the government.
Stating that the cane growers had not been paid their dues since February 15 last, Hooda said that like other farmers, the cane growers too were running from pillar to post for their dues even as a private sugar mill in Yamunanagar had indicated its closure next year. This, he said, had led to strong resentment and anguish among cane growers.
On the issue of girdawari, Hooda bemoaned that though the Congress had demanded compensation of Rs 30,000 per acre to the farmers whose crops had been damaged in the recent unseasonal rains and hailstorm, the BJP government decided to give only Rs 12,000. “A huge scam would soon come out in the land survey and release of the compensation money to the farmers,” Hooda alleged and demanded a fair survey.
He also condemned the hike in the power tariff which he held would hit all the sections of society and added that the BJP government had grossly failed to fulfil any of the promises it made before the assembly elections.
Asked whether the awareness drive was being launched by him or the Congress or whether the state Congress president Ashok Tanwar would be taking part in it, he said that he was launching the stir as a Congress MLA and any party worker was welcome to take part in it.