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Land pooling: 3-member panel to clear pending dues of aggrieved farmers

The Hindustan Times had recently highlighted the prevalent resentment among farmers whose land was acquired by the GMADA around six years ago but neither were they given the land rent as promised nor the possession of the plots under the land pooling scheme.

punjab Updated: Jan 19, 2018 14:59 IST
Shubkarman Dhaliwal
Shubkarman Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Mohali
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The farmers of Matran, Badi, Bakarpur and Chau Majra villages had alleged that the GMADA authorities were doing business by using their land as capital and had been earning huge profits.(HT File )

The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has set up a three-member fact-finding committee to gather details of the farmers whose dues in lieu of their acquired land have not been cleared till yet.

The Hindustan Times had recently highlighted the prevalent resentment among farmers whose land was acquired by the GMADA around six years ago but neither were they given the land rent as promised nor the possession of the plots under the land pooling scheme.

GMADA chief administrator Ravi Bhagat said, “The panel comprises land acquisition collector (LAC) Arina Duggal besides other officials. It will gather the exact number of farmers who have not got their due shares so far. We are committed to provide what was promised to farmers at the time of land acquisition.”

The farmers of Matran, Badi, Bakarpur and Chau Majra villages had alleged that the GMADA authorities were doing business by using their land as capital and had been earning huge profits, but took least interest while clearing their dues. The farmers also claimed ill-treatment by the officials.

When asked about the setting up of the committee, a farmer, Daya Singh, said the panel should be told to submit the report in a stipulated time. “After its report, the dues of the farmers concerned should be cleared in a week or so,” he added.

What prompted land pooling

For the Aerocity and IT City projects, the farmers had given their lands to the GMADA and in return, had opted for land pooling scheme under which they were supposed to get 1,121 square yards of commercial and residential land for every acre of land they gave.

Besides this, farmers were to be given rent — as fixed by the district collector — of the land from the day it was acquired till the day of handing over the physical possession of the plots and commercial sites, which were to be given in bargain of the acquired land.

Only select few farmers, who had opted for the land pooling scheme, have got the possession of the plots and commercial sites so far while a good number of farmers have been left in lurch.

Moreover, a few farmers have also complained that they have been given plots at a lesser commercially viable area whereas the productive area that would have led to profitable returns was taken by the GMADA authorities themselves.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 14:58 IST