Gorakhpur n-plant: Farmers end two-year agitation

The Kisan Sangharsh Samiti,a group of farmers spearheading protests against the setting up of a nuclear power plant at Gorakhpur village in Fatehabad district of Haryana,on Monday withdrew its two-year old agitation.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 18, 2012 5:30 am

The Kisan Sangharsh Samiti,a group of farmers spearheading protests against the setting up of a nuclear power plant at Gorakhpur village in Fatehabad district of Haryana,on Monday withdrew its two-year old agitation.

The KSS president Hans Raj Siwach called off the agitation today in the presence of Fatehabad Deputy Commissioner M L Kaushik. “The government’s approach towards farmers had always been very responsive. Farmers had received their compensation cheques in lieu of the acquired land,which clearly reflect that farmers had shown their solidarity with the decision of the government,” siwach said.

Welcoming the KSS’s decision,Kaushik said,“The positive attitude of farmers from Gorakhpur,Badopal and Kajalheri will open new vistas of development in the area.”

He said the state government was committed to safeguarding the interests of farmers and others,and assured them that in future also no stone would be left unturned for ensuring their welfare.

Later,in the evening,district revenue officer,Fatehabad,Ram Singh Bishnoi,claimed the state compensated “almost all the farmers”,whose lands were acquired to set up a nuclear power plant at Gorakhpur village in Fatehabad district. So far Rs 419.82 crore has been given as compensation to 854 farmers,he added.

Giving details of the amount of compensation,he said 704 farmers of Gorakhpur village were given a compensation of Rs 380.41 crore,123 farmers of Baropal village were given compensation of over Rs 38.11 crore and Rs 1.3 crore had been given to 27 farmers of Kajalheri village.

“Thus compensation for 1,366 acres of land out of total 1503 acres acquired for plant had been released to farmers,” he said.

Citing the safety aspect,Haryana’s main opposition party,the INLD,has already stated that it will not allow the plant to come up in the village.

New front formed

A group of farmers from Fatehabad district united under the leadership of one Balbir Nain and formed another front with the same name while announcing that they will carry on the agitation.

“We are approaching farmers to join our agitation. Four villagers are still protesting in Gorakhpur village. Hans Raj Siwach was removed from the post of president of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti. We will carry on with the agitation,” Nain said.

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