Today, the farmers of Giral village are landless and jobless. The village is about 40 kilometers north of Barmer. These farmers land was acquired during 1995-2001 for lignite mining and to build a power plant there by the then chief minister Bhairon Singh Shekhawat had assured, would provide them jobs and will develop the area. The power plant was shut down in 2015. The landowners are not even able to make their livelihood, they are barely surviving by earning Rs.200-300 a day.
Now, as the elections are looming, Giral’s villagers feel let down by both BJP and Congress. Villagers said that they had approached leaders of both BJP and Congress many times but nobody helped them, that nobody took a serious note on their issue. They have alleged that even local media had not been paying attention to their pathetic conditions. Though, they expect that there will be some change in their condition after these Lok Sabha polls.
Because the reality is that, while the centre is making tall claims of employment, the opposition is busy in countering those claims, but nobody is taking note of thousands of farmers who have been rendered jobless and landless by the state. As again the campaigns are about caste equations.
Harish Choudhary, State revenue minister, who represents Baytoo assembly seat in Barmer, had raised the issue soon after the then BJP government’s decision of disinvestment of Giral plant to appease private players and ahead of state assembly election. At that time Harish Choudhary was the Congress national secretary, said that their government would explore the possibilities to resume the plant’s operation. But the newly elected Congress government has so far taken no initiative to resume the operations at the plant.
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