Thursday, June 2, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Mayawati to meet Bhatta-Parsaul farmers today

Mayawati to meet Bhatta-Parsaul farmers today

Indo-Asian News Service, Updated: June 02, 2011 10:05 IST
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Lucknow: To thrash out a novel land acquisition policy, Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Mayawati has invited farmers' representatives from
different corners of the state for a 'kisan panchayat' in Lucknow
today that would set the pace for major changes in the state's land
acquisition policy.

"The chief minister is contemplating a completely new policy whereby
the state government will not acquire land sought by the private
sector for industrial or commercial development," a top official in
the chief minister's office told IANS.

"We were working on a proposal whereby settlement of compensation
would be negotiated directly between the farmer and the organisation
seeking land, with the government limiting its role to that of a
facilitator," he said.

According to him, "several other changes in the existing acquisition
policy would be made in accordance with the needs and demands of the

A broad framework of the desired amendments in the existing
acquisition policy is understood to have been drawn up by Uttar
Pradesh Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh, who was stated to be
the key man behind the move.

Earlier, Mayawati had asked Agriculture Minister Chaudhary Laxmi
Narain to hold talks with farmers after anti-land acquisition protests
in Tappal and Bhatta-Parsaul villages in Greater Noida.


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