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Haryana land acquisition policy revision likely

The Times of India
TNN, Feb 23, 2011, 01.16am IST
NEW DELHI: Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday hinted at including more changes in the land acquisition policy in the larger interest of farmers.

Hooda sent this signal while interacting with reporters at the state headquarters. Already two ministers in the Hooda Cabinet have mooted the proposal of adopting the PPP mode to deal with farmer protests in the  land acquisition.

They have proposed that the state could come out with an option where the farmers or land owner losing the property can get 20% share of the developed projects. This could be applicable for all projects except the case of acquiring land for infrastructure development.
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Indian tribals enter their land

by Ekta Parishad, Land Watch Asia member, India

Madhya Pradesh, India — After eight years of struggle, 41 out of 94 small land owners from Lahroni village of Karahal Block, Sheopur District managed to get their land demarcated this February 2011. Demarcation is going on for the other lands.

The case goes back to 2003, when 94 families (74 tribals and 20 dalits beneficiaries) of Lahroni village were given pattas( land entitlements) by the Madhya Pradesh government. These families were given only the entitlement papers but not the physical possession of the land. It was also not yet demarcated.

The total area of land is 130 hectares. There were also six beneficiaries of Bhoodan Land (donated land collected by Eminent leader Vinoba Bhave), who have entitlement papers since 1990, but not land possession. The people had land documents in their hands but did not know where their lands were. After lobbying the local Patwari (revenue employee) showed them the land but it was still not demarcated. They found that their land was already occupied by non-tribal peoples from outside Madhya Pradesh. Read the rest of this entry

India confronts land grabs in industry push


Posted: Thursday, Sep 16, 2010 at 0222 hrs IST
Updated: Thursday, Sep 16, 2010 at 0222 hrs IST

Source: The Financial Express

As India rapidly industrialises, the government and private firms are seeking large tracts of farm land to build factories, power plants and highways, sparking off violent protests by farmers and others. Here are some questions and answers on the issue:


* For many Indians, land is the only asset or social security that they possess and is a mark of social standing. Nearly 60% of India’s 1.2 billion citizens depend on farming for a living and each hectare of farmland supports five people.

* Most projects require huge amounts of land. A proposed steel mill by South Korea’s Posco in Orissa will be built on 1,600 hectares. A six-lane highway between Agra and New Delhi will require 43,000 hectares.

* Compensation ranges from between $4,300 a hectare, in the case of top steelmaker ArcelorMittal’s proposed plant of over 4,400 hectares in Jharkhand, to $14,600 per hectare, offered to farmers displaced by Posco’s Orissa mill.

* Despite the seemingly attractive prices, farmers have few other livelihood options and land taken over for industrialisation has been blamed for displacing hundreds of thousands of people.

* Protests against land being taken over have become more visible as the economy expands and the rich-poor gap widens.