Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sonia Gandhi: Land acquisition should not result in loss of fertile land

Congress President Sonia Gandhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi said on Thursday that land acquisition should not result in loss of fertile land. "We must protect environment to ensure sustainable development. In whatever we do, we should not forget forest and environment," Gandhi said, adding, "Farmers should be provided adequate compensation." Sonia Gandhi's remarks come a day after The Supreme court dismissed an appeal by a farmer body and upheld the Uttar Pradesh government's land acquisition policy for development of projects alongside the Yamuna Expressway connecting the national capital with Agra. The court did not agree with the contention of the farmers that the land was acquired for a private purpose and not for a public purpose. It dismissed an appeal filed by some farmers challenging the Allahabad High Court decision which had upheld the policy of the Mayawati government.


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