Noida: UP govt will give 10% of developed land to farmers who went to court
Farmers were angry as the authority wanted to allot 6% (of the total land acquired) citing paucity of landUpdated: Feb 02, 2018 22:07 IST
The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to give 10% of developed land to farmers whose land was acquired for the development and housing projects. The move is aimed at pacifying farmers who have been protesting for the same for almost seven years.
Farmers used to stage protests and disrupt the functioning of government offices to press for their demands. Farmers are angry because the authority wanted to allot 6% (of the total land acquired for development) instead of 10% due to paucity of residential land. The authority had in 2009-10 acquired farmers’ agricultural land for urbanisation.
Farmers from 40 villages filed a petition before the Allahabad high court seeking their land back. The Allahabad high court, in October 2011, directed the authority to give a 64% hiked land compensation and 10% developed residential plots for use by farmers’ families. But owing to paucity of land, the authority wanted to give only 6% (of total land acquired) to farmers. For the last seven years, farmers have been protesting against the government and the authority. In early January this year, they started their protest again and the government assured them that it will address their demands.
“The government has taken a decision finally in this regard and will allot 10% of developed residential plots to each farmer as per the court order. But only those farmers whose cases were heard by the court will get the 10% of the developed plots. If the authority does not have land available, it can decide to give money instead of plots,” said Alok Sinha, principal secretary of UP industrial and infrastructure development department.
Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh had assured farmers that the government will give them 10% of the plots. After Singh’s assurance, farmers had ended their protest and met Sinha in January in Greater Noida.
“After a long wait of seven years, the farmers have finally got justice. Once the UP government order reaches the Greater Noida authority, farmers can start claiming their right. Earlier, the state government and the authority did not do justice to farmers,” the Jewar MLA said.
As per the authority’s policy, it allots residential plots (amounting to 6% of the total land acquired for development) to farmers whose land is acquired. The land is allotted in urban areas where basic facilities such as roads, drains, sewage, parks and other infrastructure have been set up.
“The authority was fooling us by handing over letters to farmers for 6% of the land. As per the Allahabad high court order, dated October 21, 2011, the authority is bound to give us 10% of the residential plots against the total land acquired by the government along with a 64% hiked land compensation. The Supreme Court also had on May 14, 2015, upheld the high court order. On May 11, 2016, the authority, in its board meeting, approved a decision to give 10% of developed land. But it kept delaying this for so long,” said Manvir Bhati, leader of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti.