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Rahul asks Congress CMs to undo BJP govts' changes in Land Acquisition law -Nitin Sethi & Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava

-Business Standard Congress president's letters to chief ministers of Chhattisgarh, MP and Rajasthan asks them to 'review the implementation' of the Land Acquisition Act. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has asked the party’s chief ministers in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to undo changes that previous BJP governments made to the Land Acquisition law and related regulations. Ga

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Farmers and others -Christophe Jaffrelot

arty ever considered land redistribution to be a solution to landlessness. Lately, industrialisation has been presented as the most promising way forward. Supporting the BJP’s amendments to the Land Acquisition Act, Arun Jaitley declared in 2015 that this reform would result in “industrial corridors” thanks to which “300 million landless people would get employment opportunities.” This tall order has clear implications fo

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JICA team finds norms 'flouted' in Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project

-The Hindu Japanese officials met farmers over Land Acquisition Ahmedabad: Officials of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is funding the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, have apparently found violations of the agency’s guidelines in the process of Land Acquisition. The officials held a series of meetings with farmers and their representatives and also activists,

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Vijoo Krishnan, joint secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), interviewed by Payel Majumdar Upreti (The Hindu Business Line)

ashik, seven marches were held in different areas. From 2014 to 2016 we had a Kisan Sangharsh Yatra, from four points across India, which covered over 20,000 km. * What is AIKS’s position on Land Acquisition? AIKS is against forcible acquisition of farm land. Acquisition of multi-crop land has to be the last resort. According to a Comptroller and Auditor General of India report, more than 90 per cent of land acquired lies unutilised in som

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A new Chipko in Odisha -Satyasundar Barik

nt plans to raze everything to the ground, ignoring the tears and sweat that have gone into converting a bushy patch into luxuriant forest.” When the pleas of villagers to drop the proposal for Land Acquisition fell on deaf ears, BGPP knocked on the doors of the Orissa High Court last year. The court has since sought a status report from the administration. Chintamani Sethi, a village elder, recalls a time when rampant tree-felling left many

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Jairam Ramesh Writes to President Arguing Against Dilution of Land Acquisition Laws

-TheWire.in In 2015, BJP leader and finance minister Arun Jaitley urged states to pass their own laws related to Land Acquisition. New Delhi: Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Jairam Ramesh has written to the President Ramnath Kovind arguing against the dilution of the Central Land Acquisition law by state laws. The former rural development minister has argued that states have used article 254

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The bullet train may trigger social conflict and have significant environmental cost -Mayank Aggarwal

-Mongabay.com * December 2018 is the official deadline for the Land Acquisition for the bullet train project but till now not even one percent of the required land is acquired. A court case is already going on in the Gujarat High Court against the Land Acquisition process undertaken by the Gujarat government. * Despite documents showing that the project has the potential to cause social conflict and

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Over 1,000 Gujarat Farmers Write to Japan Govt, Ask it to Withhold Bullet Train Funds

, to withhold disbursal of funds to the Indian government until the agency's guidelines are complied with, said a lawyer. Advocate Anand Yagnik, who represents five petitioners who have challenged Land Acquisition for the project before the Gujarat High Court, said the petitioners and 1,000 other affected farmers, led by the Gujarat Khedut Samaj, have written to the Japan government. They have also sought an appointment with Japan's Ambassador t

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Farmers and smartphone politics -Jitendra

ignored their demands to implement the Swaminathan Committee Report, give them remunerative price for their produce, implement loan waivers for poor peasants and agricultural workers, check forcible Land Acquisition, provide Universal Social Security and protect labour laws. Even as crowds of farmers and workers were marching to Parliament last week, governments in two states, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh announced plans to make their farmers &ldquo

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Raghav Chandra, secretary of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, interviewed by Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava (Scroll.in)

d move, the commission has asked the Odisha governor to make sure the acquisition of land for the Rourkela Steel Plant is cancelled and the land returned to Adivasis living there. In the matter of Land Acquisition for the Rourkela steel plant, we have found glaring anomalies. Thousands of acres of land were acquired for the plant. This was fine if you were utilising the land for the basic industrial activity for which the acquisition was intended.

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