CHANDIGARH: Confident after their impressive show in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday announced not to let Haryana's BJP government acquire even a single inch of land if it didn't amend rules to offer low compensation to farmers.
The law - Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 - has given liberty to the states to frame rules for award of compensation to farmers in lieu of land acquisition. The states have an option to multiply the price of land in the rural areas up to two times its market value.
The Haryana government decided that it would multiply the value of land with one - prevailing market rates - to offer compensation to property owners. A formal notification was issued on December 4, 2014 in this connection. These rules were made for entire rural Haryana. Explaining the impact of the decision, an official said, "As per adopted version of the compensation formula, the government pays Rs 100 crore to the farmers, it would have to pay Rs 200 crore for the same land if its value was raised by a multiple of two."
AAP national spokesperson Yogendra Yadav said the price fixation was to be on the basis of distance of rural land from urban areas but the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government adopted the lowest standard of compensation for the entire state.
"For example, a farmer, who gets just Rs 50 lakh for a piece of land as per new rules, would have got Rs 1 crore if the upper limit of the compensation was adopted," said Yadav, adding that now the compensation would be just 50% in comparison to the upper side reimbursement formula.
"Even the previous Congress government in Haryana had opted for the upper side of land compensation in Gurgaon district on the pattern of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013. The Khattar government has opted the lower limit of compensation despite strong objection from farmers," the AAP leader claimed.
Accompanied by Haryana AAP leaders Ashawant Gupta and Rajiv Godara, Yadav said the state government must withdraw the anti-farmer rules on land acquisition. "We won't allow the government to acquire any piece land on the basis of these rules," he said.
Additional chief secretary (revenue) Dalip Singh said the government has adopted the rules of compensation for land on the basis of recommendations of a committee. Sources said the procedure for framing rules to acquire land was initiated during the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led government but final notification was issued by the current regime.
An official claimed that many projects would have become unviable, if the government adopted higher limit of compensation. "Haryana has adopted the same compensation model as by many other states," he added.
Jawahar Yadav, officer on special duty (OSD) to CM, said they would welcome if the AAP could give some suggestions on the issue.
AAP to launch 'Jai Kisan Abhiyan'
AAP would launch 'Jai Kisan Abhiyan' from February 21 in Haryana. Party workers would offer packets of salt to MPs from Haryana asking them not to betray farmers, who produced food for them. Terming the land acquisition ordinance introduced by the Narendra Modi government in 2014 as anti-farmer, AAP workers would urge the MPs to raise their voice against it.