Shimla (Oct 12): Bhartiya Kisan Morcha (BKM), the farmer’s wing of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), has demanded to pass the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill in the coming winter session of the Parliament.
Member of national executive of BKM, Sandeepni Bhardwaj in a press conference here on Tuesday said that the Bill was introduced in the Parliament during the tenure of previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, but it was still pending.
He said that Himachal BKM has sent memorandums to the President of India through the district collectors on this issue. “BKM has demanded that proper compensation should be given to farmers whose land is acquired and also that there should be a permanent shareholding for the farmers in the SEZ or national highway projects whether it is in public sector or in a private sector,” he said.
On the question of damage caused by wild animals to crops, Bhardwaj said that BKM has time and again raised this issue before the government and demanded that farmers should be issued licenses to kill wild animals causing damage to their crops. Responding to a query about rotting apple crop in the hills of Shimla district, he defended the state government’s role by blaming excessive rains for it.