On Thursday, a Arunachal Pradesh Villager Prem Dorjee Khrimey became a multimillionaire, when he received a cheque of Rs 6.31 crore, no this is not a new straight from Kaun Banega Crorepati Show.
Prem Dorjee was compensated for land acquired from his family by Indian Army around five decades ago.
Resident of Tukpen village in West Kameng district isn’t alone. Phuntso Khawa and Khandu Glow from Singchung in same district have also turned millionaires overnight.
While Phuntso got Rs 6.21 crore, Khandu became richer by Rs 5.98 crore.
CM Pema Khandu in tweet stated that,“The compensation has been possible because of love of Prime Minister Narendra Modiji for Arunachal”.
Several other residents in both areas got compensation of hefty sums, which was handed over by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister at two separate functions on Thursday.
Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju was also present at both the functions.
Sonal Swaroop, Deputy Commissioner of West Kameng stated that,“A total of Rs 24.56 cr was handed out to five villagers at the event in Singchung while Rs 13.17 cr was given to seven residents of Tukpen,”.
Following Sino-Indo war of 1962, Indian Army had launched a land acquiring programme in Arunachal Pradesh to set up bases, construct roads, build bridges etc. in the border state in northeast.
Until recently, villagers hadn’t been paid.
In April 2017, Centre released Rs 54 crore for 152 families of three villages of West Kameng district.
In September, 2017 the Centre issued another set of notifications sanctioning release of Rs 158 crore as compensation for private land taken over in Arunachal Pradesh by Indian Army.