Frail hands, crinkled feet, and eyes drowned in sorrow — the plight of farmers in Madhya Pradesh, who are standing put in chest deep water, to get compensation for their land. The compensation, which is their right.
Farmers of Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh) are adamant that they will not leave until their demands are fulfilled despite their deteriorating health.
As reported by ANInews, a farmer, Tula Ram, said that his land was his sole mean of livelihood and now he was left with nothing to feed his family.
“Where I am standing right now is my own land my total land spans 4.5 acres. The government had promised to give land in exchange of land. I had returned Rs 2,49,600 but still all I got in return was all this water. I will not leave till I am given land in return for my land.”
The Jal Satyagraha is result of an agitation that began in 2007.
The state government acquired lands of farmers to build the Omkareshwar dam on Narmada river and promised to give farmers money for their lands. However, the farmers filed a petition in the Supreme Court and demanded that they be given lands somewhere else as it is their sole livelihood.
Though the government agreed to provide five acres of land to each farmer who would return half the amount of compensation money, farmers complained that lands they got in turn were infertile.
Not only that, farmers also want the water level in the dam to be brought down from 191 metres to 189 metres as they allege that the increased level has inundated a large portion of farming land.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also joined the ‘Jal Satyagrah’, terming the government move as ‘inhuman.’