Chandigarh, Jun 17 – Haryana Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, today said that former Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, should apologise to the farmers of the State for his wrongdoings, which resulted in their ruination as their land was forcibly taken away from them during his ten-year tenure.

“The people of Haryana have suffered for ten years under the poor governance of Mr. Hooda. No one has forgotten how, during this period, land was forcibly taken away from thousands of farmers on the threat of government action, and distributed amongst builders, industrialists and members of the Gandhi family. As punishment for his misdeeds, the 2.5-crore population of Haryana voted him out of power. He is now merely indulging in politics in the name of farmers to build up his political relevance,” the Finance Minister added.

He said that Mr. Hooda, who was now protesting the report of Swaminathan Commission, should tell the people of the State what he had done regarding this report. “Mr. Hooda has forgotten how, apart from forced acquisition of the land of farmers, they were offered cheques for Rs 2 or Rs 3 as compensation for losses due to crop damage during his regime, which just served to rub salt into their wounds,” he added.   

Capt. Abhimanyu said that the present government was taking consistent action on the report of the Swaminathan Commission, which had been appreciated by Chairman of the Commission, Prof. M.S. Swaminathan.

He said that during its tenure of two-and-a-half years, the present State Government had not acquired any land belonging to farmers without their consent. Apart from this, the compensation being offered to the farmers in case of crop damage is the highest-ever in the State. While the previous government disbursed compensation amounting to an average of Rs 90 crore a year to the farmers, the present State Government has disbursed compensation to the tune of an average of Rs 1,100 crore a year, he added.