Agitating farmers in Greater Noida have once again called a mahapanchayat at Bhatta Parsaul. The agitators have spelled out their demands — they want the Greater Noida Authority to fix 80% of its residential land price as compensation for their land. They also want half of their land to be left out for agricultural purposes.
Farmers and UP minister Chaudhary Laxmi Narayan held a meeting late on Saturday night but the talks, like many others in the past, failed.
The administration has said the minister will meet the farmers again in a couple of days. DM Deepak Agarwal and SSP SN Singh were also part of the meeting. Farmer leader Manveer Singh Tevatia did not turn up but his representatives said details of the meeting would be discussed at Monday’s mahapanchayat before a future strategy was chalked out.
Tension gripped areas of Greater Noida, where farmers have been agitating for about two months now protesting against land acquisition by Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), after Uttar Pradesh agriculture minister Laxmi Narain Shukla failed to turn up.
He came to Delhi and Noida but did not visit the epicentre — Bhatta Parsaul. Enraged agitators tried to disrupt the Delhi-Howrah rail link and also clashed with the police.
Farmers had called off their proposed ‘chakka jaam’ from March 7 when the minister reached Bhatta Parsaul and assured them that concrete steps would be taken to meet their demands and end the deadlock by Friday.
The farmers have been protesting the Central Land Acquisition Act, seeking changes, and demanding greater compensation for the land acquired for Yamuna Expressway and other state government projects.
Farmers, who have so far held hostage and released three government officers and clashed with the police, have made it clear that they would continue with the agitation, until their demands of changes to land acquisition laws and greater compensation were met.