Holding all the Central Governments responsible for the poor condition of farmers and the problem of naxalism, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms. Mayawati said that owing to various flaws in the Land
Acquisition Act, the farmers of the country were forced to take to the roads to get their problems solved. She said that her government and party were
totally against the forceful acquisition of farmers’ land. The Cabinet Secretary Mr. Shashank Shekhar Singh informed the media persons about the decisions of the Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati at a press conference held at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan Media Centre here today. He said that the chief Minister, while considering the issues like land acquisition and rehabilitation of farmers seriously, decided to formulate a new system of rehabilitation of farmers for the future. Under it, the affected farmers would be provided various facilities at the time of acquisition of their land.
The Chief Minister decided that an amount of Rs. 20,000 per acre per annum would be provided as annuity for a length of 33 years to the affected farmer whose land had been acquired. It would be paid in addition to the compensation. It would be increased by Rs. 600 every year and would be payable in every July. He said that if a farmer did not want to take the annuity, then he would be paid one time amount of Rs. 2,40,000 per hectare as rehabilitation subsidy. If a company acquired the land, then the farmer would have the option to hold 25 per cent share of the land acquired by the company.
Regarding the land development projects, the Chief Minister also decided that the original land owners would be allotted 7 per cent of the acquired land for residential purposes. The minimum area of this allotted plot would be 120 sq. m. and the maximum limit would be decided by the related authority. If a housing scheme was being implemented at the land acquired by the authority, 17.5 per cent reservation would be applicable for the affected farmers.
The Chief Minister said that the Congress party praised Haryana in this regard, but the truth is that the Uttar Pradesh Government had made arrangements to provide better facilities to the farmers of the State than Haryana. In Haryana, the farmers were being provided an annuity of Rs. 15000 per acre per year for a length of 33 years in addition to the compensation, while in UP the farmers were being provided an annuity of Rs. 20,000 per acre per year for a period of 33 years. In Haryana, it was being increased by Rs. 500 per year while in UP the same was being hiked by Rs. 600 per year. There is no provision of one time payment of annuity in Haryana, while in UP a provision of one time payment of Rs. 2.40 lakh per acre had been made.
The Chief Minister said that there was no provision of providing company’s shares in case of land acquisition for the companies, while the farmer can opt to have 25 per cent of the one time amount as share. Besides, under the land for development schemes, the farmers would be provided 7 per cent of the acquired land for housing projects. There is no such arrangement in Haryana. Thus, the new land acquisition policy of the State Government had been formulated keeping in view the interests of the farmers and it was the most progressive policy of the country. Regarding the condition of the farmers getting landless because of the acquisition of land by the State Government, the Chief Minister said that it had issued orders on 17 August 2010 to provide one time labour charges of Rs. 1.85 lakhs to every farmer family for 5 years equivalent to the daily charges of agriculture labour. The State Government clearly decided that if the farmers of Aligarh district (Tappal) did not want township then the same would not be set up there. He said that as far as the land related problem of the farmers of Aligarh and Agra was concerned, the State Government had solved them. The farmers had been given
adequate compensation and they had also accepted it, but opposition parties were trying to vitiate the law and order there.
The Chief Minister always said that all the Central Governments were responsible for the poor plight of the farmers as they worked in the interests of the industrialists and exploited forest land to benefit them. On the other hand, the Chief Minister supported farmers’ demand of amending Land Acquisition Act. Moreover, she also supported their programme to gherao of the Parliament from outside to amend this Act. The CM said that the farmers had been long demanding to amend the Land Acquisition Act 1894, but the anti-farmer and pro-industrialist Central Government did not hear the demands of the farmers and kept quiet for 6 decades almost.
The Chief Minister said that her Government always protected the interests of the farmers and made all possible efforts to resolve the problem of the farmers. She is of the opinion that without the prosperity of the farmers the country could not forge ahead on the path of development. The efforts were being made to solve the land acquisition related problems of the farmers and also for their rehabilitation and the new policy announced today by the CM would benefit the farmers. The Principal Secretary Information Mr. Vijay Shankar Pandey was also present on the occasion.