GANGTOK, November 7: Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee (SPCC) has expressed its apprehensions on the public hearing that took place recently in South District for acquisition of land for Sikkim University at Yangang.
In a press statement, SPCC general secretary KN Lepcha said that the party is concerned whether genuine public hearing can take place as ‘past experiences were nothing but eyewash only as the public were not permitted to participate in such public hearings’.
“The entire procedures were dominated by the ministers and concerned area MLAs and the lands were acquired much against the wishes of the land owners”, said the SPCC.
Further in the event of compulsory acquisition of such a vast extent of land for Sikkim University what safeguard the State government is contemplating to provide to the land owners, the SPCC said.
The party demanded the State Government to ensure that the concerned land owners are adequately compensated, rehabilitated both physically and economically.