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Massive opposition to eastern dedicated freight corridor
Land rights activists from six states, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi and Gujarat, converged in the city of Gaya responding to a call given by local affected farmers and activists who are facing the onslaught of oppressive capitalist development in the name of 'Corridor'.
After the year 1991, many destructive policies have been formulated in the name of development. The policy of 'Corridors' is the latest in this line which threatens to grab millions of acre of fertile agricultural land and give it away to foreign companies at throw away prices.

Raj Kumar, an 85 year old veteran farmer leader who has also fought in India's war of Independence highlighted the plight of local farmers whose multi-crop land have been notified for EDFC acquisition despite of food security concerns in new land acquisition act, 2013. Raj Kumar has also been in the forefront of struggle against the Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

Mahendra Yadav, Convener of NAPM's unit organised the meeting and pointed out that in Jehanabad, land is being acquired on a mere compensation amount of Rs.3200 despite of its market value of Rs.16 lakhs. This has also exposed the tricks of government to fool the poor people and take away lands to favour some of the private companies. People are fighting for their land, environment, natural resources and lastly their livelihood. 16 barrages are also planned on river Ganga.

Sagar Rabari, who has led successful farmer's struggles in Gujarat stressed on the fact that agriculture is highly profit intensive activity as proved many times by different farmer's community of Gujarat with the help of cooperatives, which itself denies the government claims of agriculture as loss burdened business and living on high subsidy.

As per a release Rishit Neogi (Researcher, NAPM) questioned the validity of Public- Private Partnerships (PPP) in which taxpayers pay the initial cost for trunk infrastructure and later private players reap the profits.

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