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Not an inch of land will be given to corporates: Birender Singh

punjab Updated: Jun 20, 2015 21:44 IST

Union rural development minister Birender Singh on Saturday again sought to allay fears among farmers and said the land acquired by the government under the land acquisition ordinance would be utilised only for development.

"Not an inch of it would be given to any corporate house," Birender Singh said while addressing a public meeting in Rajound village.

The minister said the opposition, which was routed in the last year's general elections, was "misleading" the farmers on the issue.

He said his maternal grandfather Sir Chhotu Ram always fought for the cause of farmers and downtrodden and asked, "how can I work against their (farmers') interests?"

Birender Singh said crores of youth of the country who were looking for employment could not find jobs only in agriculture sector because of depleting land holdings.

"Only industrialisation of the country is an option to provide jobs and ensure economic uplift of the people of all sections of society," the minister said, adding that the country had taken a positive turn under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The minister said the Prime Minister had promised to provide "a roof over every head by 2022" and for this purpose two crore houses in urban and three crore houses in rural areas would have to be constructed.

He said the Centre was also launching initiatives under which youth would get training in Deen Dayal Upadhya Gramin Kaushal Yojna.

Birender Singh also announced that the amount for construction of houses under the Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) was being increased substantially from the current `80,000.

"The 12 crore bank account holders will benefit from government schemes and Atal Pension Yojna… the recently introduced insurance scheme would provide benefit to crores of people," Birender Singh said.