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Villages of Delhi declare their support to the agitating farmers

November 22, 2020 06:50 PM

Groa Times Service 

New Delhi, Nov 22, 2020

Villages of Delhi gathered under the banner Delhi Dehat Sangathan and declared unequivocal support to the agitating farmers. It was demanded that MSP guarantee be extended to the farmers ofbthe country and included in these ordinances if these are continued. Having faced the ire of modern development we feel the pain of farmers.
There are 360 villages in Delhi and around 150 of these still practice agriculture.

The other issues discussed and decided were :

1. *Protection of gram sabha lands for common use of villages.* Presently , in the latest urbanization drive, Delhi Govt and DDA is in process of acquiring all gram sabha lands for the government use. The villagers protest that and want the gram sabha lands be protected for common village use like forestry, playgrounds, water bodies and other common uses with consent and within control of gram sabhas.

2. *Consolidation exercise of lands of villages be* *executed* . 109 villages including Ladpur, Dariyapur and many others are waiting for land consolidation to be closed. The villagers who owned many acres of land now are forced to survive on few square metres of land in their residential areas due to lack of this exercise. The dalit and homeless are among the big victims. This is gross injustice for the farmers.

3. *House tax* : The villagers of Delhi have least facility for them in their villages. No playgrounds, parks, poor or no sewerage, drainage in most villages resulting in high level of pollution and diseases in these villages. However, they are forced to suffer due to imposition of house tax. It was decided to oppose house tax in these villages till these needed facilities are provided to the villagers.

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