Bomdila (Arunachal Pradesh), Oct 21 : Fifty six years after India’s war with China, villagers of Arunachal Pradesh have received nearly Rs. 38 crore as compensation for the land acquired by the Army to set up its bases, bunkers and barracks, reported news agency PTI.
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu distributed the cheques to the villagers of West Kameng district on Friday, the report said.
“A total of Rs. 37.73 crore has been given to the villagers. Those were community land. So the huge amount they received will be distributed amongst the villagers,” the report quoted Rijiju as saying.
Among those who received the cheques include Prem Dorjee Khrimey, who received Rs. 6.31 crore, while Phuntso Khawa got Rs. 6.21 crore and Khandu Glow received Rs. 5.98 crore.
After the 1962 India-China war, the Army had acquired huge tracks of land to set up its bases, bunkers, barracks, construct roads, build bridges and other installations.
Union Minister of state Kiren Rijiju, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, had persuaded with the Defence Ministry and got the compensation amounts sanctioned,
“Lands acquired by the Army were done in national interest, but no government has bothered to pay the compensation to the villagers of Arunachal Pradesh since the 1960s. I am thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for clearing it finally. Total cheques of Rs. 37.73 crore were handed over,” Rijiju said.
Earlier in , April 2017, Rs. 54 crore was distributed among 152 families of three villages of West Kameng district. In September that year, another instalment of Rs. 158 crore was distributed among the villagers for the private land taken over by the Army.
In February 2018, Rs. 40.80 crore was handed over to 31 families in Tawang district. The pending cases of land acquisition related to the districts of Tawang, West Kameng, Upper Subansiri, Dibang Valley and West Siang in Arunachal Pradesh. the report said.