Agitating farmers in Rajasthan launch indefinite fast
Agitating farmers of Ninder village on the outskirts of Jaipur on Saturday launched an indefinite fast after the administration postponed a meeting scheduled on Friday to discuss modalities of conducting a re-survey of their landjaipur Updated: Oct 07, 2017 19:00 IST
Agitating farmers of Ninder village on the outskirts of Jaipur on Saturday launched an indefinite fast after the administration postponed a meeting scheduled on Friday to discuss modalities of conducting a re-survey of their land.
The re-survey will determine if any additional compensation is to be given to those who have surrendered their land.
Farmers, including women, have buried themselves neck deep in the pits to protest against the acquisition of their land by the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) for a housing project. The protest has been termed as ‘Zameen Samadhi Satyagraha’.
An offer for a meeting failed to achieve any breakthrough as the farmers were adamant that a coordination committee should be formed but the administrative officials failed to give any assurance.
“The administration appears to be going back on their word. They have not given any information on when the meeting will be rescheduled. We were left with no option but to intensify the agitation,” ‘Ninder Bachao Kisan Yuva Samiti’ president Nagendra Singh told HT.
As part of the protest, 22 men and 11 women have given up food and are taking only water, he said.
On Friday, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot came out in support of the agitating farmers. “The government needs to take the farmers demand of resurvey of the land in Ninder seriously,” Gehlot tweeted in Hindi.
‘Ninder Bachao Kisan Yuva Samiti’ president Singh said they had launched their protest three weeks ago against the JDA’s land acquisition but had got no response from the government.
“From October 2, we buried ourselves neck deep in the pits. Let them roll over the bulldozers over our head. We are ready to die but will not give our land,” he said.
JDA commissioner Vaibhav Galaria said process of acquiring the land has been completed but a representative of the collector could be included in the committee for re-survey of the land.
The JDA plans to acquire 1,300 bighas (one bigha is equal to 17,424 square feet) land to develop the housing scheme out of which 1,100 bighas will be private land.
At present, the JDA has taken possession of 600 bighas located in the scheme and also deposited ₹60 crore in the court for the acquired land.
JDA had announced the scheme in January 2011. The proposed project will have 10,000 houses.
Locals whose land are being acquired are being left with two options – to get compensation for their land at 2010 DLC rates or surrender their land free of cost and get 25% developed land from the project in exchange in proportion to the land acquired.