“Our farm land will not be surrendered; instead will commit suicide” railway affected farmers of Konthoujam declared.
Speaking to media persons, Konthoujam Sanajaoba- President of Railway Affected Farmers of Konthoujam said that the state government is playing the divide and rule policy while handing over compensation to the farmers of the railway affected areas of the state.
Farmers of Konthoujam and Sagoltongba (Lansonbi) are having 3-4 farm lands which are being brought and sold at the price rates ranging from 15 lakhs to 30 lakhs in today’s market but unfortunately Manipur Government is handing over Rs 4/5 lakhs only at 0.62 acre of farm land of Konthoujam, Sagoltongba (Lansonbi), Awangkhunou, Salam and Luker while Rs 30 to 40 lakhs are fixed for 0.62 acre of farm land of Bamdiar, Malom and Yurembam areas which is not acceptable, Konthoujam Sanajaoba added.
Sanajaoba also said that a written and verbal memorandum have also been submitted to the concern minister but failed to fulfill their demands so far.
Most of the farmers are now surviving with their hands on the head since the government fixed their land value at a shocking rate even after a hearing of the farmers. Suicide case may surface in the future, he added.
Sanajaoba further appealed to the concern government to fix the amount of compensation as for the farmers of Bamdiar, Malom and Yurembem. Fast unto death and a mass agitation will be organised if the concern government fails to do so. Not a single piece of land will be handed over to the Railways and Government department, he concluded.