Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu handing out the compensation amount to a villager
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Arunachal: How these villagers turned into millionaires overnight

No, they didn’t win a lottery or take part in Kaun Banega Crorepati; locals received hefty sums as compensation for land acquired by Indian Army several decades ago

Itanagar: Several villagers in Arunachal Pradesh became millionaires overnight after they got hefty sums of money as compensation for plots of land that were taken from their families by the Indian Army years ago.

On Thursday, Prem Dorjee Khrimey, a resident of Tukpen village in West Kameng district, got Rs 6.31 crore as compensation for land acquired from his family by the Indian Army around five decades ago. Similarly, Phuntso Khawa and Khandu Glow -- from Singchung in the same district -- became millionaires overnight by receiving compensation of Rs 6.21 crore and Rs.5.98 crore, respectively.

Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu tweeted: “The compensation has been possible because of love of Prime Minister Narendera Modiji for Arunachal.”

Several other residents also bagged hefty compensations that were handed out by CM Khandu at two separate functions on Thursday. MoS for home Kiren Rijiju was also present during the programme.

This isn’t the first time that villagers have received hefty sums of compensation from the government due to land acquisitions by the Indian Army since the early-1960s.

Since the Sino-Indo war in 1962, the Indian Army had launched a land acquisition programme in Arunachal Pradesh for building bases, construction of roads and bridges in the areas bordering China.