Amid allegations and counter-allegations between the Opposition and the ruling party on the land acquisition bill, farmers in Gohana are in a hurry to sell their agriculture land for the setting up of the proposed Industrial Model Township in Lath village of Sonepat district.
Around 500 farmers from Lath, Jauli and Bighal, Kathwal and Bhianswal villages have expressed their consent to give their land for the project. They reached Gohana tehsildar office to offer their land for the project saying they don’t want their sons to commit suicide due to crop failure and mounting losses.
Groups of elderly farmers, who are actual owners of the land in Ladh, Jauli and Bhigal village of this sub-division were seen at the tehsil office from early morning to prepare an affidavit mentioning that they were ready to give their land as per the rate fixed by the government.
“I have decided to give my over 13 acres of land for the project as I have heard that they will pay `51 lakh per acre. I think a farmer can never earn such a huge amount for one acre,” said a Dharambir, a farmer from Lath village. “This will help me and my children to live a happy life a start a business which is not possible for a small farmer,” he added.
“Most of the farmers are ready to give their land for the project,” said another farmer Ram Chandra.
However, farmer leaders say the government’s apathy to address farmers’ issue had led to such a situation where they are ready to sell their fertile land.
“We have talked to the farmers and they said that they cannot see their children committing suicide or live under debt. Land acquisition has given them an opportunity to sell the land without social shame, like those lakhs of farmers of this state are ready to sell their ancestral land,” said Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Satyawan of Gohana.
When contacted, district revenue officer Suresh Kumar said: “I came to know that farmers are willing to offer their land for acquisition. Around 3,300 acres will be required for the first phase of the IMT and the farmers will get around `51 lakh (no-litigation) for an acre.”