UP has resources but not the will to give farmers their due
With reference to the report Farmers, police clash in Greater Noida, 3 killed (May 8), the death of two policemen and a farmer in violent clashes in Noida is unfortunate. Farmers in Uttar Pradesh (UP) have been demanding changes in the Land Acquisition Act as well as protesting to get adequate compensation for the land that the UP government acquired from them. Instead of spending crores on the CM’s statues, the Mayawati government should have utilised the amount to give the farmers their due.
MC Joshi, Lucknow
The need for land acquisition in Greater Noida springs from the state government’s desire to grab poor farmers’ land at a cheap rate, which could then be sold to builders at a higher price. This government-builders nexus has already done a lot of damage to farmers in UP. There is an urgent need to rectify the loopholes in the Land Acquisition Act to limit the role of the state government in matters related to the acquisition and sale of land.
Arvind Kumar, Noida
Our data is in foreign hands
With reference to the editorial But are you being served? (Our Take, May 7), it’s not surprising that it took Airtel some time to learn about the recent technical snag in its system, as like most companies, Airtel has also outsourced its system maintenance to MNCs. This is a matter of concern. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India should keep a check on private telecom companies to make sure that users’ security is never compromised.
RRN Prasad, Gurgaon