Despite SC orders, no compensation to farmers yet
Chandigarh – The Supreme Court of India recently dismissed a writ petition of Chandigarh Administration and ordered it to give compensation of Rs 320 crore to farmers of Kaimbwala village in just six weeks time, but it seems that administration has not initiated any process yet to clear these dues of farmers. The six weeks’ time will be completed on November 18, and officials are saying that Union government has sent them the amount and that they will soon distribute it among farmers according to court orders. Punjab and Haryana High Court had ordered compensation of Rs 2.5 crore per acre to farmers whose land was acquired by Chandigarh Administration to built aquatic farms.Earlier, UT Administration had given a compensation of Rs 32 lakh per acre to farmers against which around 89 farmers moved High Court against this. They gave plea in High Court that the land adjoining to Kaimbwala village had been acquired by Punjab government for Rs 5.5 crore per acre market rate and Tata Camelot was developing the area for its housing project in the vicinity of hilly area. They raised question that why such a difference in land rates although both lands are adjoining to each other so they should be paid compensation on same basis. A decision of High Court came in February, last year, in favour of these farmers and court ordered a compensation of Rs 2.5 crore per acre.Court ordered to give this amount in four installments but Chandigarh Administration moved Supreme Court against this decision where the petition was dismissed and Court ordered to give awarded amount of Rs 320 crore in six weeks’ time. Although that six weeks’ time is going to be completed on November 18, but administration has initiated no process yet to give that amount. Daily Post spoke to Deputy Commissioner Chandigarh Ajit Bala Joshi regarding the matter, he said that the amount has to be sent by Union government and they have recently received that amount and will pay according to court orders, so there was no issue in paving now.
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