AAP Supports Displaced Shopkeepers, Land Owners

AAP Supports Displaced Shopkeepers, Land Owners

25 March 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Srinagar: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has extended support to the displaced shopkeepers and other land owners who have lost the possession of their land due to various road widening projects undertaken by the state government in the city. In a statement issued here, AAP leader and Lok Sabha candidate for Srinagar parliamentary seat Raja Muzaffar Bhat said, 'The present government has miserably failed to provide due compensation to the affected people as new Land Acquisition Act hasn't been enacted by the state legislature till date.' 'Under the new Land Acquisition Act, which was enforced in rest of India from January 1, 2014, all affected families will get double rate of their acquired land and property plus rehabilitation in the shape of jobs. However, due to weak leadership and lack of political will, the J&K Government failed to enact a similar law in the state and the direct sufferers are the people of Srinagar and other districts as well,' said Bhat. 'We appeal to the people of Srinagar to put a pressure on the government and stand up for their genuine rights. If people in Delhi, Chandigarh or Amritsar are being paid double the amount of the exact market value of land and property (shops, houses etc) which was acquired by the government or demolished during road widening processes, why not we have the same policy here in J&K? Why not people living in Srinagar be provided the same rate?' Bhat asked. He said the AAP would launch a campaign to create awareness on this injustice among people of the state and if no concrete steps were taken, AAP volunteers would come out on roads along with the residents.