After the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) has send notices to take back 35 lakh Rs from a compensation amount given to the farmers for land acquisition, the voters of 72 villages in Gurgaon’s IMT Maneser area have threatened that they will boycott the Lok Sabha elections this year.
The notices were served to meet the directives of a February 8 Supreme Court order to reverse the compensation amount in a time bound manner till June 30, 2019, NDTV reports.
According to the sarpanch of Dhana village Mr.Moolchand, HSIIDC had acquired 1,700 acres of land for the Phase 1 of IMT Maneser in 2002-03, fixing a compensation amount of 75 lakh per acre. “Since the compensation amount was low as compared to the market price, we challenged the HSIIDC decision at the court of the Additional District Judge (ADJ). The court on January 27, 2010 ruled in favour of the farmers and enhanced the compensation amount to 2.81 crore per acre,” he said.
“But since we had challenged the HSIIDC decision seven years ago in 2003, during which the market price of the said land had zoomed further, the farmers moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court which further enhanced the per acre compensation amount by 37.4 lakh,” he added.
The farmer had moved the Supreme Court in 2013, arguing that the compensation amount was still lower than the market rate. On March 3, 2018, the top court enhanced the per acre compensation amount by a further 4 lakh. Following this, a private company went to the apex court, urging that the compensation given was too high compared to the current market price. Then the Supreme Court directed the HSIIDC to take back the additional compensation amount.
The villagers have decided to organise a Mahapanchayat on the issue in Dhana village on April 21.
If Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and sitting BJP MP from Gurgaon Rao Inderjit Singh do not sort out the matter, they are most likely not to go to polls for the Lok Sabha election.