Dholera SIR: As forcible acquisition fails, Gujarat govt seeks to "persuade" farmers to give away 50% of land

While waters have started flowing the Narmada canal in the Bhal region of Gujarat, farmers of the Special Investment Region (SIR) of Dholera, forming part of it, are perturbed: Government officials have begun a fresh campaign to take away 50% of their land in the name of development and hand it over to industry. The view, therefore, has gone strong: Narmada water has begun flowing only for industry, not farmers.
Pointing this out, Sagar Rabari, well-known farmers' leader, said that the campaign to persuade farmers to hand over 50% of their land has begun after the state government failed to forcibly acquire land for the SIR, where a smart city project is being implemented. "I will be undertaking a meet the people programme from November 9 to 11 by marching on foot SIR villages to make farmers aware of how the official campaign would actually harm the farmers", Rabari said in a statement.
The official campaign has been launched following the Gujarat High Court order, staying all land acquisition in the Dholera SIR.

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