A large number of farmers from rural Delhi met Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at her residence on Wednesday and submitted a memorandum of demands for ameliorating the sufferings of people residing in villages and adjoining areas.

The delegation, which was led by Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Naresh Kumar, comprised former Delhi Speaker Prem Singh and former MLA Sheesh Pal among others. It demanded repealing of three sections of the Delhi Land Reforms Act-1954 to ensure that the land of the villagers was not vested in the Gram Sabha unnecessarily. It also sought that land acquired in excess to the needs was returned to them, and opening of the scheme for regularisation of extended lal dora (ELD) in more Delhi villages.

The Chief Minister assured the delegation that she would look into the demands and hold a meeting this Tuesday for the same. She assured them on regularising all the ELD areas. She said a Cabinet meeting had been called on Friday to discuss the repealing of Sections 33, 81 and 86A of the Delhi Land Reforms Act.

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