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How 31 families in Arunachal village turned crorepatis overnight

The families of Bomja village in Tawang district were handed compensation cheques — a total of Rs 40.80 crore — for land was acquired by the Indian Army.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2018 20:00 IST
Utpal Parashar
Arunchal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu hands over a compensation cheque to a Bomja resident at a function on Wednesday.
Arunchal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu hands over a compensation cheque to a Bomja resident at a function on Wednesday. (HT)

The 31 families of Bomja village in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh have turned millionaires in a day.

The families were handed compensation cheques by Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday five years after their land was acquired by Indian Army for setting up key location plan units.

For the 200 acres of land acquired by Tawang Garrison in the district bordering China, a total amount of Rs 40.80 crore—released by the defence ministry—was distributed.

Khandu gave the cheques worth Rs 1.09 crore each to 29 families at a function. One family got Rs 6.73 crore and another received compensation worth nearly Rs 2.45 crore.

The chief minister thanked the defence minister for releasing the amount and said that the compensation for other such private lands acquired by the army will be handed over soon.

The Centre issued a notification in September last year sanctioning the release of Rs 158 crore as compensation for private land taken over in Arunachal Pradesh by the army. The amount distributed on Wednesday was part of that compensation package.

Following the Indo-China war in 1962, the army went on a land acquiring spree in Arunachal Pradesh to set up bases and installations. But more than five decades later, compensation for most of those private lands is yet to be given.

An amount of Rs 54 crore was released in April last year by the Centre to 152 families in three villages of Bomdila district due to efforts by the state government and Centre.