Rahul to lead up farmers’ agitation on expressway


Yahoo News | Aug 21, 2010 | 10:45 AM

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will lead the western UP agitation of farmers, who are holding out for a higher remuneration for the land they are to part with to build an expressway. Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said this in Tappal, where farmers had assembled on Friday to press for damages at par with that given to farmers in Noida. Three farmers have died in the stir so far. The state government has acquired farmers’ land for the Yamuna Expressway, which is to connect Agra and Greater Noida. An expressway is a connector between two points with no road branching out of it.

Singh, who was here as an emissary of Rahul Gandhi and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, said he would do his best to resolve the issues. A delegation of farmers will visit New Delhi and discuss the issue with him. The farmers will also hand over a charter of demands, urging Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi to get the “draconian” Land Acquisition Act, 1894, amended.

Highlighting the land acquisition policy of Haryana, Singh said there farmers’ land was acquired at the market rate and not at the circle rate (the rate below which land cannot be sold). “They are getting compensation at R20,000 per bigha (8,700 sq feet).” In the meet held on Friday, the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti passed a resolution that it would continue the agitation till their demands were met.

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