July 31, 2011 1:38:44 am
Agitation suspended for 3 months,Authority promises special scheme for land acquired between 1976 and 1997
The Noida Authority will provide five per cent developed land to farmers in a period of three months,officials promised at a meeting with residents of 54 villages on Saturday. With this,the Authority was able to defer an agitation by farmers from the region,which was scheduled to begin on Sunday.
In a meeting that extended for almost one-and-a-half hours on Saturday,Authority officials promised villagers that 5 per cent land would be provided to them soon. They also agreed to bring out a special scheme for farmers whose lands were acquired between 1976 and 1997.
Authority officials asked the farmers to give them a period of three months to disburse the 5 per cent land due to them. The Noida Authority has assured us that it will give every farmer 5 per cent of the developed land,and will regularise our abadi land. We had been demanding 5 per cent land in lieu of 10 per cent compensation money,but the Authority kept delaying the transfer. Now that they have conceded to our demands,we have asked them to take back all the cases filed against farmers who protested against land acquisition, said Mahesh Awana,leader,Kisan Sangharh Samiti.
By pacifying the farmers,the Authority has succeeded in postponing the agitation scheduled for Sunday. We had planned to stop work on projects on August 1,if the Noida Authority failed to address our concerns. Now that affirmative steps are being taken,we have decided to give them three months time, said Shri Ram,a farmer from Bakhtawarpur.
However,there was no discussion on the increased compensation being demanded by many farmers. We told them that the hike in compensation cannot be decided by us. Still,we are willing to discuss it after three months. We have conceded to their demand for developed land, said Noida Authority Chairman and CEO Balwinder Kumar.
He said a scheme will be launched soon for the benefit of farmers,whose lands were acquired between 1976 and 1997. For those who have gone to court and received a favourable judgement,we will compensate them as per the courts ruling. For the rest of the farmers,we will bring a scheme soon, Kumar said. The Authority will give a written undertaking in this regard on Monday.
However,a few farmers at the meeting were not happy with the discussions,and said they would approach the court to seek relief.
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