Dharma Patil’s son threat­ens sui­cide over com­pen­sa­tion

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - San­jay Jog san­[email protected]­dia.net

Af­ter due con­sid­er­a­tion, the de­ci­sion was taken to pay ex­tra com­pen­sa­tion of the or­der of Rs 6 lakh to Naren­dra


Naren­dra Patil, son of 84-year-old late Dhule farmer Dharma Patil who com­mit­ted sui­cide early this year in the state sec­re­tar­iat, to­day climbed a mo­bile tower in Dhule and threat­ened to com­mit sui­cide if the gov­ern­ment did not give ad­di­tional com­pen­sa­tion and ini­ti­ate ac­tion against the revenue depart­ment of­fi­cers for lapses dur­ing land ac­qui­si­tion.

The Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment has al­ready com­pen­sated Dharma Patil’s fam­ily and paid them Rs.50 lakh as a com­pen­sa­tion. How­ever, Naren­dra de­manded that ad­di­tional ru­pees 6 lakh to be paid as com­pen­sa­tion as money paid ear­lier was not enough.

It is no­table that Dharma Patil had suc­cumbed af­ter con­sump­tion of poi­son in Mantralaya on Jan­uary 22 this year de­mand­ing higher com­pen­sa­tion for five acres of his land ac­quired by Ma­ha­genco. Dharma Patil had re­ceived a pal­try Rs 5 lakh as a com­pen­sa­tion. To­day, fol­low­ing Naren­dra Patil’s sui­cide threat, Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment and state power gen­er­a­tion com­pany (Ma­ha­genco) stepped in and de­cided to pay ad­di­tional com­pen­sa­tion worth Rs 6 lakh

State en­ergy depart­ment

to him for his land ac­quired for the so­lar power pro­ject. The death of Dharma Patil had rocked both the houses of the leg­is­la­ture. There­after, the en­ergy depart­ment hiked the com­pen­sa­tion which Naren­dra de­clined to ac­cept. How­ever, the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to con­vince him paid off as Naren­dra sub­se­quently ac­cepted Rs 50 lakh in Fe­bru­ary.

Naren­dra was adamant and wanted im­me­di­ate gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion. Hec­tic tele­phone con­ver­sa­tions among the Dhule dis­trict col­lec­tor, the state revenue depart­ment of­fi­cer and the Ma­ha­genco of­fi­cers took place to find a way out.

State en­ergy depart­ment of­fi­cer told DNA, “Af­ter due con­sid­er­a­tion, the de­ci­sion was taken to pay ex­tra com­pen­sa­tion of the or­der of Rs 6 lakh to Naren­dra.’’ There­after, Naren­dra called off his stir and got down from the tower.

File photo of Tourism Minister Jayku­mar Rawal with Naren­dra Patil (R)

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