(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 02, 2014
AIKS Deplores FDI in Farmland
a statement issued
The AIKS said letting the foreign realtors buy agricultural land would lead to speculative land acquisition and hording. The main argument of the forces which are advocating the entry of FDI in farmland is that it would help raise funds for development and that the farmers would thus be benefited. This, the AIKS said, is totally baseless and would actually ruin the peasantry and agricultural production in the country.
At present FDI is banned in farmland. The opening up of farmland for the FDI will make the land a precious commodity for private profiteering of the corporate houses and realtors, and it would thus go against the interests of the peasantry and agricultural production. It will be detrimental to the food security of the country. The AIKS said this move is part of a larger agenda of pushing up the neo-liberal ‘reforms’ and opening up the entire economy of the country to foreign corporate forces. It will have larger implications on the sovereignty of the nation, the organisation warned.
The abominable interest of the UPA government behind this anti-nation step is very much evident from its decision to form a three member cabinet committee that includes the urban development minister Kamal Nath, finance minister P Chidambaram and commerce minister Anand Sharma to examine the issue. The corporate houses and bureaucracy have been lobbying with the UPA government to take an early decision on this crucial issue before its tenure ends.
The AIKS has called upon the peasantry all over the country to raise their voice and join hands with all sections of the people to defeat this anti-peasant move. The AIKS also made an appeal to all political parties to take firm stand against the move.
FORCEED LAND ACQUISITION
another statement issued from
The Gujarat SIR Act 2009 puts the entire area under the Gujarat Town Planning and Urban Development Act 1976 for developing infrastructure. But the SIR contravenes the Land Acquisition Act 2013 passed by the parliament which mandates the government to pay four times the market rate and insists on assent from the village panchayat. The Modi government is, however, not ready to ensure adequate compensation for the affected farmers and is forcing the farming families to surrender their fertile land to industrialists and real estate developers.
The government has served notice under the SIR Act 2009, demanding from the farmers the handover of possession of their land; otherwise the SIR authorities would evict them from their land. The farmers are not willing to oblige and have been pointing out that the compensations at the government rate as of 2011 are far below the market value today. The farmers are also not willing to accept the clause of the SIR Act 2009 about allocation of 50 percent of land elsewhere. The reason is that the land being allotted comprises saline plots in the coastal region where nothing can be grown.
The AIKS has strongly condemned the anti-farmer and pro-corporate business policies of the Narendra Modi government and has assured that it would extend all support to the agitation of the farmers in Dhalora region, in their fight to protect their farmlands.