Sunday, March 25, 2012

Discrimination against Mewati Famers

Subject: Discrimination against Mewati Famers in Land Acquisition by Haryana Govt.
 The state's land acquisition policy has angered the farmer's belonging to the minority community in Haryana's Mewat district who claim the government has neglected their living conditions and has acquired their land at a throwaway price.Mewat district (Haryana) farmers are facing discrimination by way of forcefully acquiring their entire agricultural land by the state government at a very low compensation rate of Rs. 16 lakhs which are in comparison to adjoining village of other district, Gurgaon where the compensation rate is Rs. 55 lakhs per hectare. Consequently, the farmers are under utter distress, much frustrated and agitating continuously the facts of one of such case in brief are as under:
Farmers of nine villages, namely (i) Rojka Meo, (ii) Kedli Kankar, (iii) Rewasan, (iv) Mehrola, (v) Kenwersika, (vi) Bedelaki, (viii) Dhirduka, (viii) Rupaheri and (ix) Behadri of block Nuh, district Mewat (Haryana) are facing much problem of this type. The extent of agony & injustice done with these Mewati farmers is quite evident from this particular case. Their entire highly valuable agricultural land of about 1600 hectare is acquired by Haryana govt @ Rs. 16 lakhs per hectare compensation in September-October 2010. When the land acquisition process was initiated (issued notice u/s 4 in March 2008), the farmers vehemently opposed it, because the land under question was agriculture land, the only source of their living. Therefore, they gave a memorandum of their grievances to Hon’ble Governor, Haryana, however no positive response was received. The govt without considering their agitation continued with the process of acquisition and subsequently issued notice u/s 6 in 2009 and declared a very low rate of compensation, i.e. 16 lakhs per hectare in May 2010 which was not at all justified. Hence, the aggrieved farmers filed cases in the court of Land Acquisition Collector-cum-D.R.O. Mewat at Nuh about this discrimination and to seek justice.
 Immediately, after the award to these 9 villages Mewati farmers, Haryana govt announced new policies of higher compensation rates, but Mewati farmers were not benefited from any of such policies. It is very unfortunate that even local Land Acquisition Collector has not taken into account the various sale deeds available of the surrounding areas which were of quite high value as their land is situated in NCR and in between KMP & IMT Rojka Meo. The   compensation rate for this land is kept as low as @ Rs. 16 lakhs per hectare, where as the compensation rate of land acquisition of a nearby village, Jakhopur in block Sohna of district Gurgaon kept as high as Rs. 55 Lakhs per hectare.  In our another adjoining  district Faridabad, similar compensation rate of Rs 16 lakh per hectare was fixed which however on their constant struggle increased to Rs 46 lakhs per hectare, however in our case none of this kind relief is provided Thus highly injustice has been done with these Mewati farmers since beginning. Consequently, these Mewati farmers peacefully opposed this injustice. They participated in Dharna-Pedersen/demonstration which was organised from 4th Feb 2011 to 6th May 2011 about acquisition of land for sectors of Nuh town.  They also gave memorandums to Haryana Govt, to Hon’ble Governor on 7th April 2011 and Chief Minister on 23-5-2011 regarding low rate.  While no positive response was received from any quarter, these farmers were compelled to sit on Dharna in the vicinity of the said land near village Rewasan from 24th May 2011 which is still continuing.  In addition, these farmers, along with their womenfolk & children also organised a Special Dharna-Pedersen/demonstration on 16-6-2011 at Janter-Manter, New Delhi and gave a memorandum to President of India.

FARMER'S demands:
1.    Rate of Land acquisition of 9 villages of Mewat should be at least at par with the rate of adjoining villages of Gurgaon district.
2.    Providing 500 yards of developed land to every farmer’s family from his/her acquired land.
3.    Providing Govt job to one person from each family of the farmer whose land is acquired.
4.    Giving preference in jobs in the IMT units from families of the farmer whose land is acquired.
5.    Making provisions of providing basic /essential community amenities like Kabristan, School & Anaganwadi, Chaupals, land grazing animals, medical facility, land for sports, etc.


National social activist Anna Hazare holds token fast for one day today Sunday 25 March 2012 at  Jantar Mantar New Delhi. Anna pursuits for  holding a day-long fast is especially for the cause for strong Lokpal Bill and also for the protection of whistle blowers to combat against corruption.

Arvind said from the rostrum of Anna's fifth fast in New Delhi dedicated to whistle blowers briefed the people and gathering that nearly twetny five persons  are often killed un-noticed or  laid their life to root out corruption for sake of good  governance at high places in order to dismantle the mantle of the nefarious nexus that exits in the corridor of power at various levels these whistle-blower could have been  protected
 if government did agreed to strong  Lokpal bill which provided necessary protection to the activists.

Anna team star  Santosh Hegde, too was present along with other dignitaries  Shanti Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Manish Sisodia.The issue taken up by Annas specially for IPS officer Narendra Kumar killed allegedly by mining mafia in Madhya Pradesh an en route to Lokpal and finally touring the nation to stir the peoples voice and creating awareness for the ensuing general elections as explained by Annas in his opening speech at Jantar Mantar is precisely the team Annas road map.

Anna Hazare on Sunday said," the government is insensitive to the voice of the people and not providing any support to the whistle blowers who are fighting for national evil.This government has no empathy towards its people." He further added that there will be bigger protest which will be organized soon in days to come.

Most of the social engineering experts believe,the issue of combating corruptions is tough as it is  deep rooted within us and in the society dues to its feudal structure which respects the people at higher hierarchy level for being insipid to their work and profession and those in process of delivering the actions are not respected in the society.

A society where officer gets paid higher for not working and those working or in actions paid very frugal  or meager amount thus the corruption is bound to be boundless and border less..

Kyrgyzstan Marks Anniversary of Tulip Revolution

Kyrgyzstan will mark on Saturday the 7th anniversary of the Tulip Revolution, which ousted the country’s first president Askar Akayev in 2005 over corruption, authoritarianism and nepotism.
The non-violent revolution was initially hailed by many as a promising triumph of democracy in Central Asia, but the following years have seen Kyrgyzstan backsliding toward authoritarian rule by Akayev’s successor Kurmanbek Bakiyev.
Bakiyev himself was ousted in 2010 in the wake of a bloody coup that killed about 100 people.
“March 24 is one of the most memorable dates in the history of independent Kyrgyzstan,” President Almazbek Atambayev, who won a landslide victory during October 2011 elections, said in a statement.
“Seven years ago the March revolution took place, but our people failed to reap its results,” Atambayev said. “The power in the country was usurped by an anti-popular regime and the revolution has not achieved its goals.”
The president once again accused Bakiyev’s regime of corruption, nepotism and connections with the criminal underworld.
Atambayev said, though, that “sacrifices made by the people were not in vain” and Kyrgyzstan would certainly become “a prosperous and powerful state.”
March 24 was proclaimed a national holiday in 2007, although Kyrgyz opposition has been calling for its annulment ever since.

Russian Opposition Delivers Plans on New Rallies

Sergei Udaltsov, the coordinator of the opposition Left Front movement, met with his supporters on Saturday in Moscow’s downtown Pushkinskaya Square to deliver opposition’s plans on the further anti-government rallies, RIA Novosti reported on Saturday.
A meeting that was held in a form of a press conference, brought together about 250 people, including journalists and opposition’s supporters.
Udaltsov who has earlier suggested carrying out such gatherings each Saturday, said that the so-called March of Millions, an anti-Putin rally scheduled for May 6, a day before the president-elect Vladimir Putin’s inauguration, should draw as many people as possible.
“The power reacts only on the mass rallies so there should be many of us on May 6,” Udaltsov said, adding that all the upcoming protests would be discussed with Moscow authorities.
“We don’t want any massacres and crackdowns. We want to take to Moscow’s streets peacefully but with great masses of people.”
As the opposition avoids any reference to the 2004 Ukrainian Orange Revolution, Udaltsov also warned against using the word “maidan” while describing public protests.
Russia’s state-run pollster VTsIOM announced earlier this week that Russians were turning increasingly apathetic over the mass rallies for fair elections prompting the protest movement was shrinking.
About one-third of those polled, 38 percent, said “the peak of popularity of the opposition demonstrations has passed, the demonstrations will stop soon.” Another 39 percent expect that the protests For Fair Elections will continue, but attract less people. Only nine percent of the respondents said attendance at the demonstrations would increase.
Nationwide opposition rallies spread across Russia in early December, following the allegedly rigged parliamentary elections in which the ruling United Russia party headed by the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, secured a bare majority of seats in the State Duma.
The new protests are directed mainly against Putin, after his victory in March 4 presidential elections. Opposition activists have accused the authorities of ballot stuffing, multiple voting schemes and other violations. However, the number of participants at the rallies has declined significantly compared to those in December.

Slovenia National Referendum on Gay Couples Rights

Slovenia will vote on Sunday in a national referendum on amendments to the Family Code adopted in June of 2011 and granting gay married couples almost the same rights as to their married, heterosexual counterparts.
Under the current legislation, same-sex married couples have no right to adopt children from a third party, but it allows gays to adopt children of their partners.
The Civil Initiative for Family and Children’s Rights movement has been arguing that homosexual married couples should not receive adoption rights at all. By February, the group with the support of the Catholic Church secured over 40,000 signatures necessary for a national referendum on the issue.
Some 1.7 million people are expected to take part in the referendum. Opinion polls show that Slovenians are likely to vote in favor of the amendments to the family law and deprive same-sex married couples of all adoption rights.
Slovenia, which joined the European Union in 2004, is relatively tolerant to gay couples and starting from 2006 the state permitted them to officially register their relationship.

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