U.P. Government paying more compensation to farmers than the Central Government for acquiring their land for schemes
Land acquisition policy formulated by State Government is the most progressive and farmer friendly policy of the country
Several anti-social elements having vested interests trying to mislead farmers against State Government
A Spokesman of the State Government said that the compensation given within Uttar Pradesh, during the last 4-5 years, was more than the compensation offered by Central Government or their undertakings for the acquisition of land for their various projects.
Yet certain anti-social elements, having vested interests, were trying to mislead farmers against the State Government. The Spokesman said that the land acquisition policy, formulated by the State Government, is the most progressive and farmer friendly policy of the country.
The Spokesman said that the farmers were being paid Rs. 44 lakh per acre compensation on the acquisition of the land in Noida, Rs. 36 lakh per acre in Greater Noida, between Rs. 22 lakh to Rs. 35 lakh per acre for land acquisition under Yamuna Express-Way Authority (in various districts). Moreover, the rate of compensation had also been properly revised over the years. During 2006-07, about Rs. 20 lakh per acre compensation was being paid by Noida Authority, which had been revised to Rs. 44 lakh per acre during the five years. Likewise, the rate of compensation in Greater Noida had also been revised upwards.
The Spokesman said that if these rates were compared with the rate of compensation being offered by the Ministry of Railway, Government of India to the farmers of Raebareli for setting up of Rail Coach Factory there, then the picture would become much clear. The land owners of Dalmau tehsil were being paid a compensation of Rs. 2.9 lakh to Rs. 4.35 lakh per acre only. The rate of compensation was even much less in the Lalganj tehsil of Raebareli, which was between Rs. 3.37 lakh to Rs. 3.7 lakh per acre only. The Spokesman said that if it was compared with the compensation rate given to the farmers of district Mahamaya Nagar during year 2008-09, then it would be clear that the land owners of Mahamaya Nagar got better rates. They were given compensation at the rate of Rs. 15 lakh per acre. The Spokesman said that the compensation rate for the acquisition of land for Yamuna Express-Way in Agra district was about
Rs. 24 lakh per acre, whereas the compensation rate being offered by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for acquisition of land for the widening of NH-11 in Agra was between Rs. 9.6 lakh per acre to Rs. 22 lakh per acre. The Ghaziabad Development Authority had been offering a compensation of Rs. 44 lakh per acre in Ghaziabad district, while the NHAI had been offering a compensation of Rs. 32 lakh per acre only for acquisition of land for the construction of Eastern Peripheral Express-Way. Similarly, the State Government had been offering better compensation for acquisition of land than the Central
Government in the same districts. Following are the attractive provisions incorporated in the rehabilitation and resettlement policy of Uttar Pradesh :-
1. Alternative of taking company’s share upto 25 per cent of the annual assistance in case the land is acquired for a company.
2. Moreover, 7 per cent of the land for development to be given to farmers after developing it properly.
3. One member of the family, whose land had been acquired, would be given job in concessionaire company.
4. 17.5 per cent plots of the housing schemes to be reserved for farmers.
5. Farmers rendered marginal because of acquisition to be given farm labourer’s daily wages for 500 days, while small farmers to be given the same for 375 days.
6. Farm labourers related with land to be given wages of 625 days.
The Spokesman said that an amount of Rs. 20,000 per acre per annum was being 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 given a fixed increase of Rs. 600 every year, which 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 acre 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.
The Spokesman said that the legal process of land acquisition had been mentioned in the Land Acquisition Act 1894. Under it, the award of the acquired land is announced. It has also the provision of referring the case to the courts to increase the compensation. But, under the current policy of the Uttar Pradesh Government, the land owner is given compensation on the basis of a contract through mutual consent. The State Government had acquired land during the previous years through consent of the land owners on the basis of a contract. He said that the State Government was against the forcible acquisition of the lands of the farmers.
The Spokesman said that under the rehabilitation and resettlement policy, provisions had also been made for the proper development of rural habitation being affected by the land acquisition, so that they also got the benefit of modern facilities.The Spokesman said that owing to various facilities and the simplified procedure being adopted by the State Government, the industrial development and investment process had been accelerated during the last 4-5 years. He said that ample investments had been made in heavy, small and medium industrial sectors in the State. He said that during the year 2007-08 a capital investment of Rs. 4917 crore was ensured, during 2008-09 it stood at Rs. 5276 crore and during 2009-10 it increased to Rs. 11195 crore. The Spokesman said that the process of industrial development and capital investment was going on continuously within the State.