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CPI protests against land bill, dubs it 'anti-farmer'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  15 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

From our Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, May 14: More than hundred members of Communist Party of India (CPI), Dibrugarh District Council, on Thursday blocked NH- 37 in protest against the Central Government’s initiative to introduce the new land law which was not only ‘anti-farmer’ but indirectly disastrous for peasants as well as for the agriculture sector. The decision of tionwide tiol Highway blockade on Thursday was resolved at the 22nd CPI Mahasanmmilan at Puduchery.

The British introduced the land law in 1894 and since then no authority, even the respective central governments of post-Independence era, took any initiative to amend it keeping the interest of peasants and the agriculture sector in view.

However, the second UPA government under Prime Minister Dr Monmohan Singh had amended it and replaced the same with a new Land Bill so that the Indian peasants could get immense rights on their respective lands.

But the rendra Modi-led NDA government, since beginning has been trying to reintroduce the 1894’s land law replacing the amended one of the UPA government just to hand over the farmers’ land to tiol as well as foreign corporate houses, without taking consent of the farmers in cognizance. The CPI, Dibrugarh district council, in a press communiqué, expressed apprehension saying that the new land law of BJP government would not affect the life of poor peasants in the country but also threaten food security.

The meeting, held just before the tiol highway blockade, was addressed, amongst others, by CPI district secretary, Jatin Saikia, assistant secretary Diganta Phukan and Dolon Sonowal. Speakers in their respective speeches criticized the Modi government’s recent anti –farmer and anti-labour policy and vouched to continue their struggle for the interest of peasants and labourers of the State.

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