Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Human Rights Forum has hailed the proposed amendment in Land Acquisition Act 1884 in the coming Monsoon Session of Parliament to give relief to the farming community in the country.
President of Himachal Pradesh Human Rights Forum R.K.Sankhyan in a statement released today urged the union government to also amend the Indian Telegraph Act 1885, as it is not suitable to farmers while laying out electric high tension and telephone poles without acquiring the land of farmers. He alleged that companies were authorized by this act to construct or raise huge towers on farmers land of 0.50 bigha free of cost without acquiring the same under sec 10(b) of Indian telegraph act. The acquiring of land for four legged towers was creating problem for farmers, as they were not able to use the land for many generations.
He demanded that farmers should be properly compensated for the loss and also be given at least three months advance notices so as to give them time to file certain objections and proper compensation be paid to them for damages.