State unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Koli Samaj and Gujarat Khedut Samaj (GKS) will be jointly organising a “mahasammelan” of all the communities from 22 villages of Dholera taluka at Dholera-Bhavnagar highway on April 24 to demand scrapping of the proposed Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR).
Addressing mediapersons here Tuesday, state Koli Samaj president and former Congress MP Kunvarji Bavalia and GKS leader Sagar Rabari said that DSIR provisions were “anti-farmer” and “unconstitutional”’ and hence, it should be abolished forthwith.
DSIR was conceived by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was state chief minister.
They threatened to launch more aggressive agitation if the state government did not accept their demand.
The two leaders said that DSIR provisions were totally anti-farmer in the sense that the DSIR authority would not only deduct 50 per cent of farmers’ land for development of road and other amenities but it could even acquire the rest of the farmers land if the authority felt that more land was required for industries.
They said that this provision was against the interest of farmers because they would be paid only four times of the government price under DSIR provisions while under Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) rules as also under 2013 land acquisition provisions, farmers had the freedom to sell their land to any party without involvement of the governmental authority and hence, it enabled farmers to get better prices for their land.
They said that 28,000 hectares of land belonging to the farmers and being acquired under DSIR provisions, was fertile agriculture land and fell under the Narmada canal command area.
According to them, main Narmada canal was constructed up to Dholera in 2005 but its branches and minor canals to take the water to farmers’ field was not built because of the sudden DSIR project for the area conceived by the state government. “The Narmada water instead of reaching farmers field, is now going waste in the Arabian sea,” Bavalia and Rabari said.
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