Withdraw cases against 'innocent' farmers: Mayawati

Lucknow: Hours after announcing a new land acquisition policy, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday directed officials to examine cases lodged against farmers within a week and withdraw those against the innocent.

The Chief Minister, who held a farmers' panchayat here with representatives from all over the state, also assured the farmers of Bhatta-Parsaul that her government would pay them compensation for the damage caused during the recent incidents.

She also asked the district officials to organise meetings on 22nd of every month to resolve the problems faced by farmers in their districts, an official spokesman said giving the details of today's panchayat.

Asserting that her government was committed to the welfare of farmers, Mayawati said that responsibility would be fixed on lax officials and stern action would be taken against them.

She appealed to the farmers to go to Delhi and put pressure on the central government for formulating a national policy on land acquisition.

The Chief Minister alleged that the casteist forces were preventing farmers from knowing the welfare schemes for them.

Directing the officials to take steps to ensure that farmers get the right price for their produce, Mayawati said that from July 1, 14 hours of power supply would be ensured.