Modi's development plan incurs farmers' wrath in Gujarat

Dissent against investment scheme

Modi's development plan incurs farmers' wrath in Gujarat

While Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi might be showcasing the development index in the state and the growing industrialisation, but in the backyard a farmer’s agitation might spoil the party for him.

Farmers from about 44 villages in and around Surendranagar district raising their voices of dissent against the proposed Special Investment Region (SIR) claim that the move threatens to rob the livelihood of 2,000 farmers of these villages.

This is the same area where the state government has proposed to set up the manufacturing plant for Maruti Suzuki in Hansalpur of Bahucheraji in North Gujarat. Interestingly, Modi had kick started his campaign for the 2012 assembly elections from here.

The proposed SIR is spread over 63,000 hectares of cultivable land and it threatens to take away their livelihood, the farmers claim. The protests are being lead by a noted social activist and a former BJP MLA Kanu Kalsaria. “There were more than 10,000 farmers on 500 tractors which took part in teh rally. We are trying to save the farmers and making attempts for the government to see reason as the project was anti farmer,’’ he said Villagers are against the project pointing out that almost 80 per cent of the area set to be acquired was agricultural land.

“The land  situated in this region was very fertile and in some places it yields three crops in a year. Also 50 per cent of the land will be acquired without adequate compensation,’’ claimed Kalsaria. Protesting farmers have submitted a memorandum to the state government threatening to intensify their agitation in case the project was not scrapped.  
DH News Service

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