Mumbai: On January 22, 84-year-old Dhule farmer Dharma Patil consumed poison on Mantralaya premises, demanding adequate compensation for his land, which had been acquired by the government for a solar power project. He died in hospital on January 28.
Now, weeks after Dharma’s death, his family will get Rs 54.48 lakh as compensation as opposed to the earlier 6 lakh that was offered to him when he was alive.
To be noted that the earlier government had acquired land from 12 other farmers for the same project and hence, keeping in mind Dharma’s case, compensation for all other will also be revisited.
Senior officials from the government said that once the department gets approval from the concerned authorities, the sanctioned amount will be released to Dharma Patil’s family as per the revised formula.
“The 12 other farmers, who had complained about lower compensations, will also be considered again. The documents of these farmers will also be revisited and justice will be done,” said government official said.
As per reports, the compensations will be awarded according to the MGNREGA formula.
Yet again the opposition has pointed out its gun towards the BJP government and has termed the whole issue as unfortunate. “This is unfortunate. It shows that there is no value for human life in BJP government,” said former Congress Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
Moreover, the opposition leaders are planning to bring up the case in the coming State Assembly sessions as well.
In the interim, Patil’s family members have refused to accept the compensation. They said that if their neighbour, farmer Padamsingh Girase, a relative of tourism minister Jaikumar Rawal, has received Rs 1.89 crore for one acre of land, then why Patil will settle for mere Rs 54 lakh for their five acres.”