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Maya Govt hikes compensation for farmers

india Updated: Aug 17, 2010 13:04 IST

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Faced with protests by farmers demanding higher compensation for land acquired for a township along the Taj Expressway, the Mayawati government on Tuesday decided to hike the price offered to them by 20 per cent at Rs 570 per square metre.

A team of top state officials led by state cabinet secretary Sashankh Sekhar Singh and some senior ministers of the Mayawati government held parleys with farmer leader Ram Babu Kateria at the Aligarh airstrip in the early hours today.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Aligarh, Satender Veer Singh told PTI that "The package offered by the state government includes the provision of raising the compensation price offered to the farmers to Rs 570 per square metre (about
20 per cent higher than the earlier price)".

It is expected that the farmer leaders will place this offer before the kisan panchayat at the dharna site at village
Jikarpur and seek its "ratification".

Kateria, who is under arrest, is expected to be produced before a judicial magistrate today. He is presently at a private nursing home after he had complained of some "discomfort" yesterday.

The state government has also decided to set up a high-level committee headed by the divisional commissioner to further review all other issues related to acquisition of farm land along the Noida-Taj Expressway in the district, officials

After clashes between protesters and police left four persons, including a PAC jawan, dead, farmers were continuing
their sit-in in the village.

Opposition leaders, including former BJP president Rajnath Singh, Leader of Opposition in UP assembly Shiv Pal Singh Yadav and RLD leader Ajit Singh, had yesterday addressed the mahapanchayat and extended support to the agitating farmers.

SP leader Akhilesh Yadav had said that while the farmers were being paid Rs 436 per square metre, it was being given to a private developer at Rs 4700 per sq metre.

The farmers have been holding demonstrations for nearly three weeks near Aligarh demanding compensation at the rate paid to Noida and Greater Noida farmers. The protests turned violent over the past three days.

The 165 km-long eight-lane expressway is aimed at reducing the driving time between New Delhi and Agra.