New Delhi: Although land acquisition and compensation made to farmers have triggered off several incidents of violence in Uttar Pradesh, the Union Government is yet to take any initiative for the amendments in the Land Acquisition Act-1894.

The assurance made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi regarding the amendment of the law in August 2010 has proved a damp squib.

The smoldering issue once again hogged the national limelight after the violence was kwitnessed in Bhatta Paraul near Greater Noida.

Two farmers were killed whereas several others were injured as police party opened fire on the protestors. The violence has left Mayawati government in a piquant position, as the ruling party is under flak from all the opposition parties for the alleged forceful land acquisitions in the state. RLD Chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh has strongly advocated the amendments in Land Acquisition Act. He has sought an appointment from the Prime Minister in this regard.

Singh said the root cause of the entire controversy is the Land Acquisition Act-1894. “Every government takes undue advantage of this Act by purchasing lands worth crores from the farmers at a paltry rate, and thereafter sells it to private firms.” Singh pointed out that both politicians as well as businessmen were reaping moolahs through land acquisition. “Therefore, political parties are quick to term the farmers death as a political issue, but none is interested in the amendment of the act,” he added.

It is worth mentioning that one farmer in Tappal area of Aligarh and two farmers in Bajna region of Mathura were killed in police firing last year during the violence which was sparked off by the issue of land acquisition for Yamuna Expressway and High-Tech city in the vicinity.

As the issue gained momentum, Rahul Gandhi arranged a meeting between PM and the farmers. In the meeting, PM had assured the farmers to present an amendment bill in the winter session of the parliament.

However, the issue was never discussed as 2G Spectrum Case remained in the limelight during the parliament’s winter session. There was no mention of the amendment bill in the budget session of the parliament.

According to sources, Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee is not in favour of bringing any change in the Act.

Union Steel Minister (Independent Charge) Beni Prasad Verma said the killing of farmers in police firing will not be tolerated.

“Not amending the Act does not mean police will kill farmers. All political parties should expose the UP government on the issue,” added Verma.

Verma requested Uttar Pradesh CM to discuss the issue and come up with a peaceful solution.

JPN/Bureau