"The government is enticing the farmers by offering various inducements and assurances to part with their lands for the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC)," said noted social activist Medha Patkar.
Speaking during Sanghrash Yatra rally at Kumbephal here on Monday, she said, "Farmers should not fall prey to these alluring benefits. Instead they and the public should launch a mass movement against the proposed DMIC project."
The Sangharsh Yatra which kicked off from Mumbai on March 8, will pass through Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana before culminating in New Delhi on March 18.
Patkar further said, "Farmers, small traders and farm labourers are being deprived of their livelihood in the name of development. Irrigated land, groundwater, forest resources and means of livelihood of the farmers and farm labourers are being snatched to appease the foreign capitalists. To achieve this end, peoples representatives also mount pressure on farmers to part with their lands. In such a way, lakhs of hectares of land is being grabbed in the name of development."
Taking a potshot at the government, she said, "Many closed factories have deprived farmers and labourers of their bread and butter. All the resources like land, water and forest are being handed over to the capitalists, making the food security issue more serious. These projects would exploit the groundwater. In Maharashtra, 3.50 lakh hectare land is being acquired. Union Government has signed an agreement with Japan government, which is against the interest of the farmers. In the last 6 years, the government has given massive subsidy of Rs 30 lakh crores to the capitalists."
Social activist Subhash Lomte made an introductory speech. Economist H M Desarda, Prof Vijay Diwan, Anna Khandare and Jayaji Suryawanshi were among those present.