Mining children are nobody’s baby in Govt of India, ministry and laws are quiet on child rights, says representation

Raising a major policy issue, a top advocacy group, Mines, Minerals and People (MM&P) has regretted that the plight of the “mining children” is not the responsibility of the Ministry of Mines, Government of India, which looks after all the mines in India, and the result is a strange “mess”: the lives of children as a result of mining has to be addressed by other departments like child welfare, education, tribal welfare, labour, environment and others. Read more

Courtesy: Counterview

Amendment to LA Act opposed

The introduction of a Bill in the AP Assembly to amend the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, is nothing but an attempt to legalise the ‘forcible acquisition’ of land in the name of land pooling, alleged Human Rights Forum (HRF) State president U.G. Srinivasulu and general secretary K. Sudha.

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, (LA Act, 2013), which was achieved as a result of long-drawn struggles, had recognised rehabilitation as a ‘right of the displaced’ for the first time.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

Gudatipally villagers fear displacement again

The government has proposed to increase the capacity of Gouravelli reservoir and is demanding some more land, which many farmers are reluctant to part with.

“We gave up 11 acres of our land for Gouravelli project in 2009 and were paid Rs. 2.10 lakh per acre, but not offered any rehabilitation and resettlement package. Some of the oustees have not been paid compensation so far for land and houses.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

New transferable development rights rules hit landowners hard

BENGALURU: G Nagaraj, a landowner in Kothanur, surrendered 70,000 sqft of his land for a road-widening project connecting Hennur and Kempegowda International Airport in 2015. Though it was farmland, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike agreed to give him 1.5 times of floor area as compensation under the old transferable development rights (TDR). That was in December 2016.

Three months later, the state government framed new rules for TDR. Nagaraj’s life turned upside down. His attempts .. Read more

Courtesy: The Economic Times

Amendments to Land Acquisition Act opposed

VIJAYAWADA: The State-level meeting of the Bhu Porata Hakkula Samithi (BPHS) has opined that the Centre has asked the State government make changes in the Land Acquisition Bill as it could not directly do that. The BPHS held a State-level meeting at Hanumantharaya Library on Friday against the amendments to Land Acquisition Act, 2013 demanding its withdrawal.

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Courtesy: The New Indian Express

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