Fearing that the farmer agitation against the poor compensation offered by the government for land acquired from them may cost it dearly in the forthcoming Assembly elections; the Delhi government called an emergency Cabinet meeting on Wednesday evening to sort the issue.
Following an hour long meeting, the Cabinet decided to increase the monetary compensation to farmers from whom the government had acquired land in 2005 and 2006.
The Delhi government would make a formal announcement on Thursday.
Farmers from six villages including Kanjhawla, Karala, Sultanpur Dabas, Poot Khurd, Tikri Khurd and Tikri Kalan have been demonstrating outside the north- west deputy commissioner’s office for over three months now demanding proper compensation for their land at the existing market rate.
According to the farmers the government had offered them Rs 15.70 lakh per acre of land in 2005, which was way below the market rate.
Following this the goverment had later decided to increase the land acquisition rate from Rs 15.70 to Rs 75 lakh per acre in 2007.
“The farmers whose land was acquired in 2005-2006 were demanding compensation at par with the 2007 rates offered by the government,” said an official.
Now, following the cabinet meeting, the government has worked out a new formula to compensate the farmers from whom the government had acquired land in 2005 and 2006.
“According to this formula, those farmers whose land was acquired in 2005 would be offered Rs 35 lakh per acre, while those whose land was acquired in 2006 would be offered Rs 65 lakh per acre. This rate now makes it equivalent to the market rate prevalent at that time,” said an official.
A formal announcement of the new rate would be made on Thursday.
“The farmers, who had not received the compensation had demanded that the compensation against their land should be given according to the new rates. The cabinet has taken a decision on this issue. We are giving final touches. We will announce the cabinet’s decision tomorrow,” said Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit after the cabinet meeting.