Under continued pressure from farmers, the state government has authorised the development authorities in Noida and Greater Noida to “interpret anew” (read revoke) its earlier order, which had denied farmers the right to be allotted developed plots, in addition to cash compensation, in lieu of their land acquired.
The order had said farmers benefiting from a lease back policy (transfer of abadi land, mistakenly acquired by the authority, back to farmers) will not get developed land plots and reservation in housing schemes.
Farmers had threatened an indefinite agitation from June 26 against this issue.
Now, thousands of farmers will benefit from this change in stance. Noida and Grater Noida chief executive officer (CEO) Rama Raman said, “Yes, we have decided to give plots even to those who will be getting back their abadi land as part of our lease back policy. The plots will measure 5% of the total land acquired — this does not include the land leased back.”
Apart from farmers benefiting from the lease back policy, there are thousands who have been awaiting allotment of developed plots. Part of what is termed abadi land by farmers has been identified as encroachment by the administration.