Kaleshwaram: EAC asks Telangana to compensate farmers under 2013 Land Acquisition Act

The Expert Appraisal Committee of union environment ministry has directed Telangana to compensate the farmers under the Land Acquisition Act 2013, in a major relief and success to lakhs of farmers opposing coercive land acquisition and seeking fair compensation.

The EAC made these directives while according conditional nod to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government’s ambitious Rs 80,000 crore Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project.

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Courtesy: The Economic Times


LS takes up Bill to amend law on govt acquiring land for

New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) A bill for amending regulations governing compensation amount payable for acquisition of immovable property by the central government for defence and security purposes was moved in the Lok Sabha today.

The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was moved by newly appointed Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

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Courtesy: India Today

Rampant violation of community forest rights

States exploit the delay in the drafting of rules for the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act to assert rights over land claimed by communities under the Forest Rights Act In February, forest officials planted 60,000 teak saplings on a 300-ha forestland that is being considered for community rights under the Forest Rights Act, 2006, in Odisha’s Pidikia village (Source: Laxmidhara Murmu)

More than a year after Parliament passed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act 2016 (CAF), the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) is yet to roll out the mandatory rules to implement it. In fact, the ministry in November asked an extension till January 3, 2018, from the Rajya Sabha Committee on Subordinate Legislation to finalise the rules, which set the deadline of June 2017. “The proposed rules are currently with the ministry’s integrated finance division,” says D K Sinha, inspector general, forest, MoEF&CC and member of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).

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Courtesy: The Hans India

Move to amend land acquisition Act opposed

Left and YSR Congress Party leaders under the banner of Land Rights Protection Committee on Saturday burnt the copies of the Bill on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Andhra Pradesh Amendment) Act, 2017.

The Central government had earlier rejected the Bill that was passed by the State Assembly, seeking exemption from Social Impact Assessment survey and Food Security.

However, the State government passed another resolution in the ongoing Assembly session to forward the Bill to the Central government.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

Saving our coastlines

Searching for a lovely romantic spot on sandy shores, far from the maddening crowd? Your search has just been made harder by a complex process called erosion. This is not the physical process of sand being eroded, although that is the unfortunate out…

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Courtesy: Deccan Herald

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