Farmers of Gorakhpur village hold a protest in Fatehabad against acquisition of their agricultural land by the Haryana government for a nuclear power plant in the area, August 2010. (The Tribune on-line)
January 16, 2012
Bhupinder Singh Hooda,
Chief Minister, Haryana
Dear Mr. Chief Minister,
It was with gravest concern and misgivings that we heard of Section 9 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, being issued in Fatehabad, Haryana, to forcibly acquire land for the proposed Gorakhpur Nuclear Power Plant Project. This action by the Harayana State Govt. is completely unacceptable on the following two counts:
Farmers of Gorakhpur and nearby villages have been sitting in continuous opposition to the proposed nuclear power plant from August 2010. They are fighting for their right to life, livelihood and to safeguarding their fertile and irrigated, three-crop land, all of which will be severely threatened if the project were passed. The fact that a community is in such a long drawn and strong opposition to this project, is of crucial concern and cannot be ignored arbitrarily or repressed in democracy.
Further, a new Land Acquisition Bill draft is being considered currently by the standing committee in the Parliament. It would thus be presumptuous and premature of the Haryana State Govt. to push through forceful land acquisition, using the old act, before the parliament has an opportunity to pass the new Act.
We request you to immediately withdraw the land acquisition notice for the project, and as the head of your State, initiate dialogue with the protestors so that you may address their concerns without resorting to a draconian use of an ancient and unreasonable act.
(cc to Shri Manmohan Singh Prime Minister of India)
Dr. Arati Chokshi General Secretary PUCL Karnataka
Major General (RTD) S.G. Vombatkere NAPM, Karnataka
Puskar Raj Gen. Sec. PUCL
Admiral, L. Ramdas (Former Chief of Navy Staff) CNDP
Lalita Ramdas CNDP
Kamayani Bali Mahabal Human Rights Activist Mumbai
Sukla Sen Ekta Mumbai
Santan V Chakarabarty Disha, Calcutta
P.K. Sundaram Research Scholar JNU
Asit Das POSCO Pratirodh Solidarity, Delhi
Vijay Pratap Socialist Front
Tanushree Gangopadhyay Ahmedabad
Ajit Jha Samajwadi Jan Parishad