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CM Anandiben Patel chooses Krishi Mahotsav as platform to clear air on land Bill

Officers will clear the misunderstanding among farmers that their land will be grabbed under the land acquisition Bill, CM said.

Written by Hiral Devrajbhai Dave | Gandhinagar |
Updated: April 20, 2015 3:50:57 am
 Anandiben Patel,  land acquisition Bill, Narendra Modi, land acquisition amendment, NDA government,  Krishi Mahotsav, Gujarat BJP government, Gujarat government, Gujarat news, ahmedabad news Gujarat chief minister Anandi Patel too made a similar appeal to people who were brought to the venue of the upcoming Suzuki plant from nearby areas.

Chief Minister Anandiben Patel plans to use the one-month-long Krishi Mahotsav  to clear the air on land acquisition amendment Bill by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, which has come under fire for its “anti-farmer” tone.

Launching the mahotsav in a new format on April 20, there will be no krishi rath but 1,000 exhibitions and sales venues hosted by the government at district panchayat level to cover more ground for the forthcoming crucial local bodies elections.

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For the first time, the annual Krishi Mahotsav, started in 2004 by then CM Narendra Modi to create awareness and form a link between farmers and the government, in its 11th year, will not be limited to just agriculture. Before local bodies go to polls in October, the exhibition will also be used as a base to publicise all the development schemes by the Patel government.

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“The officers should take responsibility in simple ways to clear the misunderstanding among farmers that their land will be grabbed under the land acquisition Bill,’’ Patel was quoted saying in a workshop for Mahotsav for officers held on April 15 in Gandhinagar.

“Explain to the farmers through examples. Tell them how farmers’ land acquired for the Narmada project was used only for public good and how they were compensated and rehabilitated well,” she added.

“As many as 300 local bodies are going to polls. If the government can’t convince farmers that it has nothing against them, the result can be reflected in fortune of the BJP,” said an official.

At present, in majority of the bodies, including six municipal corporations that will go to the polls, the BJP-supported bodies are in power. Even a minor dent in their current numbers will not only damage the party’s image but also that of the CM. For Patel, this is the biggest challenge after being at the helm of affairs in Gujarat.

“The motorised rath, which used to distribute seeds and kits in villages and talukas, will no longer run. Instead there will be two-day exhibition cum sale at 900 to 1,000 places across state over a month,’’ said Nikhil Bhatt, incharge of Krishi Mahotsav in the agriculture department.

There will be one exhibition held for every district panchayat seat, which usually covers three to four villages. The officials added that those exhibitions, apart from various departments related to agriculture like irrigation, seeds, fertilisers, forest, horticulture, will also have stalls from other departments, including health, revenue, social justice, women empowerment, rural development.

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