On February 13, 2018, the Supreme Court directed the Uttar Pradesh government to distribute additional compensation and land plots to the farmers who were protesting against the "inadequate" compensation the government had provided for their land in Noida. Land from these farmers was acquired between 2002 and 2009 for development areas in and around Noida.
However, the court directed the state government to distribute the additional compensation to only the farmers who had earlier petitioned Allahabad High Court with the same demands in 2011. It cancelled over 600 petitions freshly filed before it by farmers with similar demands.
This decision of the court has adversely affected over 15,000 farmers, who have been protesting against inadequate compensation for the agricultural land acquired for development of Noida by the state authorities since 1976, according to the same news report. These farmers who have been denied the additional compensation are now continuing their protests. The government authorities are struggling to resolve farmers issues in Noida and nearby areas, states a news report.
In October 2011, the Allahabad High Court directed the state authorities to hike the compensation by 64.7% and return 10% of the developed residential land to the farmers in response to the petitions filed by them. The state government and authorities challenged the verdict, but, were struck down by the SC in 2015, as per a news report. In addition, the SC asked the Chief Secretary to conduct an inquiry to look into the process of land acquisition. However, farmers continued to protest claiming that authorities are trying to violate the court orders by allotting 6% of total area, instead of the agreed upon 10%, due to the paucity of land, as per a news report.
On December 27, 2017, farmers from more than 45 villages protested in front of the office Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) under the banner of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, as per a news report. The meeting with the additional CEO of GNIDA failed to satisfy the protestors. However, in January 2018, the government assured the farmers that their demands will be addressed after the protests started again. Finally, in February 2018, Uttar Pradesh government agreed to allot 10% of developed residential plots to all the petitioners, according to a Hindustan Times report. The state governments announcement and the SCs decision has been well received by the authorities, according to the same report. However, over 15,000 farmers who were not part of legal proceedings earlier continue to struggle for justice.
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