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Land deals: Jan Morcha Alliance to exercise RTI

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 22, 2006

Land deals: Jan Morcha Alliance to exercise RTI

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, July 20


FORMER PRIME Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh said his newly-formed Jan Morcha Alliance would seek details of all anti-farmer land deals in the country under the Right to Information Act.

The JMA has given a nationwide call to farmers to join its protest against anti-farmer policies of some State Governments, especially in UP and Haryana where two industrialist brothers have got cultivators’ land at throwaway prices.

Speaking to HT on the phone, he said the JMA wanted to broadbase its pro-farmer movement. “To begin with, a massive farmers’ rally will be held at Dadri on August 17. We expect farmers from all over the country to join.”

Besides VP Singh, Agra MP Raj Babbar will organise the Dadri rally against the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government’s “capitalist-friendly and anti-farmer policies”.

Singh said the Jan Morcha would also hold rallies in Varanasi, Moradabad, Agra, Mathura, Kanpur and Lucknow from where there were reports of farmers’ land being usurped on the instructions of the State Government.

“We will not allow the farmers to suffer,” he reiterated.

He said land allotted to Reliance at a throwaway price for setting up a power project was in no way going to better the lot of people of Uttar Pradesh, as the power would be sold to big business houses at exorbitant rates. In Varanasi, farmers took to the streets in protest against the acquisition of agricultural land by Unitech for construction of Hi-Tech City.

In this case and elsewhere also, the State Government entered into agreements with the big corporate houses for sale of land without even taking the farmers into confidence.

Unitech officials said the State Government would empower the police to forcibly acquire land for the company.


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