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Industries acquiring farmlands must stop

Posted by egovindia on July 18, 2006

Industries acquiring farmlands must stop
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Lucknow, July 17: Former Prime Minister V P Singh today asked Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to convene a meeting of chief ministers and
direct the state governments to stop acquiring farmers’ lands for
allotting to big industrial houses.

“It is a conspiracy to render farmers landless as the compensation
paid to them is meagre and they cannot buy land elsewhere. Such
acquisitions must stop and industrial houses should buy land directly
from the farmers,” he said, referring to the Anil Ambani-led Reliance
Energy project in Dadri in Ghaziabad and Special Economic Zone being
set up in Gurgaon, Haryana, by the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance group.

Singh announced that the date for the “Dadri march’ of his Jan Morcha
had been changed to August 17 from August 15.

He said the Morcha would gather details of land acquisitions in
different places in the state and in Haryana and launch an agitation.

He accused the Samajwadi Party-led government in Uttar Pradesh of
“laxity” in implementing the Prime Minister’s Employment Guarantee
Scheme and alleged that “mafia elements rule the roost here”.

The former Prime Minister declined comment on the Students Islamic
Movement of India’s involvement in the Mumbai blasts, saying a
statement in this regard should be avoided until the investigation was
complete.

In reply to a question, he ruled out the possibility of an alliance
between the Jan Morcha and the Congress and said many of the Morcha’s
constituents were against the Congress. (Agencies)

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