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BILLAWAR: Former Minister and Senior Congress leader Dr Manohar Lal Sharma on Monday lambasted LG administration for its order instructing farmers to vacate the lands they are doing cultivation on agricultural land over decades and strongly demanded Govt to withdraw order and grant ownership rights of the land to the farmers who have been cultivating the Govt. agricultural land just to make their livelihood.
Manohar said this order has fully exposed the ruling party and its claims that they are farmer friendly. He said BJP’s slogan of doubling farmer’s income again proved a Jumla as instead of doubling they are taking away the lone source of income of hundreds of farmers of kathua, samba, Jammu districts. Dr Sharma said that most of the small farmers do not have their own land for cultivation. The Girdawari of farmers holding government land had already been rejected by the revenue department. Now if they are evicted then a new problem will arise. In some areas of Kathua district, the Revenue Department has already issued notices asking farmers to vacate the land which is totally unjustified and unacceptable.
These farmers have been taking care of their families by cultivating these lands for decades as prospective owners. The farmers who worked day and night on these lands for 40 to 50 years to make them cultivable, instead of making them their owners this anti-farmeranti-people government is trying to get evicted from here. He said that the present central government is doing anti-farmer work one after the other. He said that if the farmers are not given ownership rights on these lands, then a movement like Delhi, UP border will be repeated in Jammu and Kashmir and every single leader and worker of Congress party will not sit quite until government takes back this order.