New Delhi: Scores of villagers from Haryana have decided to gherao Parliament on February 21 to protest against alleged irregularities in allotting land to them under a state government scheme.

Villagers from Khurampur village in Sonepat district along with activists of NGO Bhimrao Ambedkar Seva Dal alleged that government was depriving the landless people from allocating land under the Mahatma Gandhi Gramin Basti Yojna though they are eligible for it.

"On February 21, people from more than 20 villages in Haryana will gather here and gherao the Parliament to register protest against the apathetic attitude of the government towards the legal claimants of these land, meant for the weaker sections. The land has been usurped by the upper caste community right under the nose of the government," said Archana Singh, head of NGO Bhimrao Ambedkar Seva Dal.

Ishwar Singh, a villager and member of the NGO, said alleged that though on paper Haryana government had allotted 100 square yard plot each to landless families from scheduled caste and backward caste in Khurampur village, the beneficiaries are yet to get possession of the land.

"We had approached Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also, but to no avail," he said alleging Hooda was not sympathetic towards their grievances. When asked about the allegations, Deputy Commissioner of Sonepat Pankaj Agarawal termed these as baseless.

"We reject all such allegations. Under the scheme plots of 100 square yard each are being given to landless villagers. So far 24,000 plots have been given in Sonepat. Very few people are left and we'll give the land to them as well," he said.


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