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Noida MLA meets CM, urges him to solve issues plaguing farmers

Noida farmers have alleged that the authority does not focus on the development of their villages

noida Updated: Sep 15, 2017 22:05 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
Noida MLA Pankaj Singh sought a survey of Noida to identify residential lands of farmers in 82 villages.
Noida MLA Pankaj Singh sought a survey of Noida to identify residential lands of farmers in 82 villages.(Sunil Ghosh/HT FILE)

Noida MLA Pankaj Singh has requested chief minister Yogi Adityanath to address issues pertaining to farmers’ land and compensation in his constituency. He met the CM in Lucknow on Thursday evening and discussed various issues pertaining to Noida.

“I requested the CM to issue necessary direction to the Noida authority to conduct a survey to identify farmers’ residential (abadi) land in 82 villages. If a farmer’s land is being used for residential purpose as opposed to being acquired for development, then the authority cannot use force to take possession,” Singh said.

There is a dispute between the Noida authority and farmers with regard to residential land in villages. Farmers, for a long time, have been demanding that their Abadi (residential) land, which has not been acquired in the past should be left as it is, so that their children can use it for housing or other purposes. Farmers also demanded that the compensation for the land acquired be distributed at the earliest.

“I have requested the CM to ensure that the Noida authority and the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration release compensation to landlosers at the earliest. Apart from this, I have also urged him to ensure that people, who have built houses in villages, get electricity and water supply,” said Singh.

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In 2015, the Samajwadi Party government had invoked Section 12A of the Industrial Act to invalidate panchayat elections in the villages of Gautam Budh Nagar. According to Section 12 A, holding panchayat election is not necessary for industrial towns. As a result, villages do not get funds from the state government any more for development and maintenance of civic facilities.

The Noida authority also does not focus much on developmental activities in villages, allege farmers. Farmers also allege that the authority focuses only on the development of urban areas, depriving them of civic facilities.

“I requested the chief minister to ensure that villages are treated on a par with sectors in terms of facilities and utilities provided. Resolving farmers’ issues is a priority for the state government. I will keep taking up farmers’ issues with the government, so that they get all required facilities in their villages,” Singh said.

First Published: Sep 15, 2017 22:04 IST