Special Correspondent

Many clashes between farmers of UP and Haryana since 1985

Walkout by Rashtriya Lok Dal members in UP Assembly over the issue

“Border dispute fallout of the changing course of the Yamuna”

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh-Haryana border dispute figured in the UP Assembly on Thursday with the State Government giving an assurance to the House that efforts to resolve the dispute would be speeded up. The assurance was given by Revenue Minister Phagu Chauhan during Question Hour.

Not satisfied with the assurance, the Rashtriya Lok Dal members walked out of the House.

Raising the issue, Ajay Tomar of RLD said since 1983 several clashes had occurred between the farmers of UP and Haryana in the border districts. He claimed that some farmers of the State had lost their lives yet no concrete steps have been taken by the UP Government to resolve the festering dispute.

The Leader of the Opposition, Mulayam Singh, informed the House that when he was Chief Minister he had taken steps to resolve the issue. He said following his talks with the Haryana Chief Minister a meeting of UP and Haryana officials was held on April 24, 2006. He said the report would have been finalised had elections not been announced just then. No serious efforts had been made by the present regime to resolve the issue, he added.

RLP leader Kokab Hameed said unlike the UP Government the Haryana Government was more alive to the border issue. He said a survey of villages in Baghpat district, bordering Haryana, was conducted in 2004.

He alleged that the Baghpat Sub-Divisional Magistrate was abducted by farmers belonging to the neighbouring State.

In his reply, the Revenue Minister said the border dispute was the fallout of the changing course of the Yamuna.

He said that for finding a permanent solution to the problem the Union Government constituted the Dixit Commission in 1975. Following its recommendations the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh (Alteration of Boundaries) Act, 1979, was formulated effective from September 15, 1983. Several meetings had been held between UP and Haryana officials, he added.

Mr. Chauhan said delimitation of land transferred by the Dixit Commission was being conducted by the survey team.

A Government Order had been issued on January 3 this year for transferring the documents and reports pertaining to the survey in western UP districts to Ghaziabad district. The Revenue Minister said vigil was being maintained on the UP-Haryana border by officials of both States to prevent clashes between the farmers.