No injustice to ryots in Madhya Pradesh: CM
Assuring the Assembly that the industrialisation process will be carried forward in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said that the regime will not allow any injustice to farmers irrespective of the cost.
"I wish to make it abundantly clear that if any error takes place in acquiring land for industrialisation, the Government will rectify the same. Political interference will not be permitted to discourage investors," Mr Chouhan said while replying to the Opposition-sponsored adjournment motion on peasant "unrest" due to acquisition of ryots' land in two villages of Katni District.
The Opposition alleged forcible acquisition of land in Bujbuja and Dokaria villages for setting up a 2,000-MW plant of Welspun Energy Limited and suicide by a farmer's wife over the issue.
Denying the charges, Mr Chouhan said, "A special rehabilitation package was announced in which it was agreed to provide Rs 5 lakh per acre. However, some peasants disagreed to give up their land but discussions were being conducted to persuade them." The Chief Minister said that the Government made all possible efforts not to acquire farmland as far as possible but sometimes the regime was compelled to acquire ryots' land by providing adequate compensation. Land banks were also introduced for this purpose.
"The Government aims to make agriculture a profit-making profession but for all-round development industrialisation is imperative along with agriculture. We wish that the state should emerge as one with a vibrant economy," Mr Chouhan pointed out.