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Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) dangles better land deal

Posted by Ramoo on January 9, 2007

Express News Service

SAS Nagar, January 8: Former Punjab Finance Minister and general secretary of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Capt Kanwaljit Singh today said that if voted to power in the coming assembly elections, his party would change the land acquisition policy to bring respite for the state farmers.

While addressing the farmers of different villages of Kharar constituency, who are directly affected by the present acquisition policy and are on a chain hunger strike for the last 965 days, Capt Singh appealed to the Kisan Hit Bachao Committee to extend their whole-hearted support to the SAD candidate from Kharar and his son, Jasjit Singh. The farmer leaders announced in the rally that they would fully support the Akali candidate from Kharar constituency.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh said that under the new policy, the concerned farmers’ consent would be taken before acquiring their land and the rate of land would be decided by a committee comprising local MP, MLA, deputy commissioner and sarpanch of the area.

He said that Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in Punjab had proved to be the worst-ever for the farmers. He said that instead of waiving off Rs 25,000 crore of debt of farmers, the government spent its time in forcing the farmers to give up their land at prices determined by itself, instead of market price. He said that there was not a single place in Punjab where farmers, employees and other sections of the society were not facing the wrath of the Congress government. “This government has adopted repressive policies and it is forcing people to commit suicides and there is no one to listen to voice of common people,” the former minister said.

He said that the rate of unemployment was much more as compared to growth rate of state economy. He said that farming was no longer viable as while input expenditure had increased many-fold the profits were dwindling. He said that every sector of the economy was facing a crisis. Citing poor power management as reason behind the state’s poor economic growth, he said that the present government had not initiated a single project to generate more power. Speaking on the occasion, SAD candidate Jasjit Singh said that he would take up the issue of farmers with the government after formation of SAD government.

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