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Land Acquisition Act

Supreme Court upholds land rights of people affected by infrastructure projects

Issue Date: Nov 7, 2012
The Supreme Court of India has passed a strongly worded order against forcible land acquisition by government agencies and denial of compensation to land owners. Depriving a person of immovable property is a violation of the Constitution, a bench of the Supreme Court said. “In a welfare state, statutory authorities are bound, not only to pay adequate compensation, but there is also a legal obligation upon them to rehabilitate such persons,” said the court.

CAG blows lid off land grab in Odisha

Issue Date: Mar 30, 2012
A decade ago, the Naveen Patnaik government had gone all out to woo industries to Odisha by offering its three abundant natural resources—mineral, water and land. Businesss house lost no time in making a beeline to the state with projects involving thousands of crores of rupees.

Farmers move court against Gorakhpur nuclear power plant in Haryana

Issue Date: Jan 25, 2012
Their sit-in protest in front of the Fatehabad mini-secretariat in Haryana completed 525 days on January 25. It has yielded little result. Yet the farmers from Gorakhpur, Kumaharia and Kajalhedi villages of Fatehabad district who are opposing acquisition of 608 hectare (ha) of their land for a nuclear power plant are determined to fight till the end.

Panel submits draft of West Bengal land use policy

Author(s): J Basu
Issue Date: Jul 21, 2011
An expert committee set up by the West Bengal government to draft the state’s land use policy has submitted its recommendations to chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The draft suggests, among others, that land for industry be bought directly from owners. It also does not approve of special economic zones (SEZs) in the state.
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