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Noida land stir called off by one farmer group,another takes up cause

Just when the Noida administration thought it was nearing a solution to the land acquisition row,with one body representing farmers calling off its agitation planned for Wednesday,another group has sprung up and have announced a stir on September 23.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
September 21, 2011 12:25:38 am

Just when the Noida administration thought it was nearing a solution to the land acquisition row,with one body representing farmers calling off its agitation planned for Wednesday,another group has sprung up and have announced a stir on September 23.

On Monday,leaders of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (KSS),which had been negotiating with the Noida Authority over regularisation of abadi (residential) land,called off their agitation planned for September 21 after the Authority asked for 10 days to compensate farmers.

However,another group of farmers,the Kisan Bachao Sangharsh Samiti (KBSS),which also claims to represent the cause of the farmers in Noida,has announced that it will gherao the Noida Authority office on September 23 and has called for a bandh on the same day.

Giving reasons for KSS calling off the agitation,Mahinder Awana,the organisation spokesperson,said nearly all the contentious issues between the two sides had been ironed out and the Authority had asked for 10 days to give the compensation at the agreed rates to the farmers.

“The Authority has agreed to regularise abadi land of all farmers and no survey will take place. Also,commercial establishments will be regularised as well without any tax,” he said.

The other outstanding issue between the two sides was the issue of ownership of land of the village of Sorkha.

On this,Awana said,“The issue was that the district magistrate had handed over our land to the state government for its use without any compensation. The Authority has said it will arrange for compensation and the 5 per cent developed plots in 10 days.”

“We will complete all the formalities in 10 days and everything should calm down again after that,” a senior official said.

However,the Authority officials have been caught unawares by the KBSS plans for September 23.

Jaiveer Kasana,KBSS member said,“In addition to the regularisation of abadi land,the Authority had promised jobs to one member of each family. Thirty years down,none of that has been done. Also,we had demanded that each landless farmer should be given a 120 square metre plot so that he can make a living. Otherwise,our demands are similar to that of KSS.”

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