Maya raises compensation to farmers for expressway land

Amid the stir by farmers in Agra district,the Mayawati government has offered an enhanced compensation package....

Written by Fe Bureaus | Agra/lucknow | Published:August 20, 2010 12:22 am

Amid the stir by farmers in Agra district,the Mayawati government has offered an enhanced compensation package for the land acquired from them for the Yamuna Expressway project.

UP Cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh made the announcement late on Wednesday after a meeting with farmers’ representatives in Agra. The government had on Tuesday made a similar offer to protesting farmers of Aligarh.

The additional compensation of Rs 121 per square metre will be given to the farmers of affected villages in Agra in form of a special relief,Singh said. With this,“compensation to farmers will be Rs 580 per square metre,” he said.

The farmers had been holding demonstrations for nearly three weeks in villages along the Expressway demanding more compensation. Four persons,including a PAC jawan,had died in clashes between agitating farmers and police over the weekend in Aligarh district.

After the meeting with farmers,in which three ministers and local BSP MLA was also present,Singh had told reporters in Agra that the farmers were now ‘happy’ with the package.

He said jobs will be given to all the farmers whose total land has been acquired. Besides,farmers of Agra would also be paid additional amount for crop,boring,well in their fields,Singh said promising farmers that cases lodged against two persons,involved in the protests,will be withdrawn. The state government also also decided that cheques for the compensation would be distributed by holding camps.

Chief minister Mayawati said the state government was committed to safeguarding the interests of the farmers. After the talks with the cabinet secretary,the farmers announced that they are calling off their dharna regarding compensation in Agra,the government claimed. In a fresh proposal to the farmers of Aligarh,the government had said it will hike the compensation to Rs 570 per square metre from existing Rs 449 per square metre.

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