New Delhi: On a day when the UP Cabinet Secretary met villagers from Greater Noida, the Congress-led UPA government on Wednesday provided financial aid to the 65 farmers who were injured during the Bhatta-Parsaul clashes in Greater Noida. Till now, 175 farmers have received compensation from the Centre.

On Wednesday, Minister of State for Rural Development Pradeep Jain and MP Dipender Hooda reached Bhatta-Parsaul to disburse the relief to 65 farmers injured in the police action. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has himself deputed the Central Minister from the state to disburse the relief to the victims injured in the agitation.

Notably, Manmohan Singh had announced an ex gratia of Rs 50,000 to each of the 16 seriously injured farmers and Rs 10,000 each to those who sustained minor injuries.

Previously in May, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, V Narayanasamy, who is from Puducherry, disbursed the compensation to 110 farmers.

Evidently, till now the Prime Minister has distributed nearly Rs 41 lakh to the injured farmers while Uttar Pradesh government has allocated Rs 48 lakh to the suffering farmers.

Cabinet Secretary meets villagers

A team of five dozen villagers from the twin villages of Bhatta and Parsaul village met Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar in New Delhi on Wednesday. However, the UP government declined to discuss the minutes of the meeting.

According to sources, some of the key demands of the villagers included withdrawal of criminal charges against farmers and unemployment plaguing the villages, which had become the epicenter of violent protests against the land acquisition policy of the state government.

Sources believe that no positive outcome was arrived during the meeting as the state government has not made any promises of granting compensation to farmers.

Notably, the Mayawati government is trying its best to make peace with the farmers after their agitation on May 7 in Bhatta Parsaul where some farmers and policemen were killed in clashes.

JPN/Bureau