(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 26, 2011
UP Kisans on Struggle Path
WITH its two-day Kisan Padav (stay-in) at the administrative headquarters of the affected districts, the Uttar Pradesh unit of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has again picked up the thread of struggle against reckless and forced acquisition of agricultural land for huge commercial projects centred around the Yamuna Expressway. Post-Bhatta-Parsaul repression that left two peasants dead and dozens injured in police firing, this was the first major initiative to organise peasantry for protecting their interests.
all-India president of AIKS and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member, S
Pillai, inaugurated the Kisan Padav at
Singh, president of the UP state unit of Kisan Sabha, explained that
land acquisition for Yamuna Expressway was practically over, the main
is on the question of large scale land acquisition for commercial
projects. The idea is to develop the world’s largest city, running
along the entire
165 km length of the new highway. In all, 1400 villages spread over
districts have been notified for the purpose. These include 489
villages in two
tehsils (subdivisions) of
In an effort to unify all the village poor who will get affected by the land acquisition process, the AIKS has formulated two sets of demands. For the land-losers, the Kisan Sabha has further concretised its demand of market rate and is also demanding pre-acquisition conversion of landuse and payments according to the market rate. Other demands are that a peasant must get a definite share in the profit earned on the sale of his land, in form of annuity or any other form, and that he must have full rehabilitation before his separation from his land.
On the other hand, for the landless and other people engaged in agriculture related work, the Kisan Sabha is demanding proper and not token compensation.
inaugurating the Kisan Padav at
the local Kisan Sabha leaders, UP Kisan Sabha president D P Singh and
president Karmpal Singh also addressed the Kisan Padav at