By Fast Kashmir on 22/01/2018.

Raja Muzaffar bhat

Srinagar, Jan 22: Today Ring and Semi Ring Road Land Owners Welfare Committee which consists of farmers from Kathua , Samba , Jammu , Udhampur , Pulwama , Budgam , Srinagar , Baramulla , Bandipora & Ganderbal districts organized a joint press conference in Jammu to put forward genuine demands before the Government regarding Land Acquisition for Ring and Semi Road Projects in J&K….

The farmers have resolved …….

That the farmers affected by ring / semi ring road projects in Jammu / Kashmir valley will continue our struggle for pushing forward our demands for fair and legitimate compensation from National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). We appeal J&K Government to either enact new version of Land Acquisition Act wherein 4 times compensation than market value is guaranteed to us. If this is not immediately possible then Govt must impress upon NHAI for private negotiations which have been held in past during land acquisition on Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla railway project.

NHAI has agreed to pay 4 times more compensation than market land in rural areas and 2 times in urban areas provided state of J&K adopts Central Land Acquisition Act of 2013 but Govt of J&K is not agreeing to adopt it and NHAI is not agreeing for Pvt Negotiations and in between farmers are made scape Goats….

Government must stop putting pressure on poor farmers to give away their land on very low price as this is creating a public outcry in Jammu as well as in Kashmir region. It is for the first time that farmers of Jammu / Kashmir have united against this move and we will fight this battle jointly….

Under the banner of Ring / Semi Ring Road Land Owners Welfare Committee a joint organization of affected farmers has been created few months back which has members from 9 districts of J&K from Kathua to Ganderbal.

Recently a delegation of farmers met with Revenue Minister A R Veeri in Budgam. Minister had assured us that Government will look into our demands and assured that each affected person / farmer would be fairly compensated, but it seems Govt has some other plans like snatching our land. Not only land but Govt is not paying fair compensation for fruit bearing trees as well. Our apple , plum and almond orchards , saffron fields are being forcibly occupied and compensation paid is 10 times less as the formula adopted has been prepared way back in 1986….

GA Paul , SC Dubey , R S Chib , Kulbushan Khajuria , Raja Muzaffar Bhat , B P Sharma , Ghulam Mohiudin Paul , Haji Sheikh Hassan addressed the media persons …..

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