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By: Reuters | Bobigny | Published: August 1gram sabhas (village councils) are holding meetings where they bring villagers’ land records to match with the land bank data available on the state revenue department’s website to check if the government has surreptitiously put any village common land into its land bank.Common landsare broadly understood as lands shared by all residents of a village and include grazing land ponds and forests Their suspicion comes from the experience of Lohajimi a village in Torpa whose residents learnt in February this year that the state government had put about 60 hectares of their common land into its land bank “The government didn’t even consult thegram sabha This is a violation of PESA [Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas Act]” Rejan Gudia a local activist from Lohajimi toldIndiaSpend PESA empowers village councils of scheduled areas – places primarily inhabited by tribespeople – to approve reject or change the government programmes proposed in their regions Khunti is a scheduled area So far Jharkhand hasbankedabout 40468 hectares of land 10 percent of which is in Khunti district’s Torpa block Numerous calls and emails to Jharkhand government officials to ask under what provision Lohajimi’s land was put into a land bank went unanswered Lohajimi had previously been the epicentre of a three-decade movement that began in 1973 against the 700-megawatt Koel-Karo Dam proposed by the Bihar government (Jharkhand was then a part of Bihar) Lohajimi was one of the 132 villages that the dam would submerge Eight peoplediedhere in 2001 when police opened fire during a related protest The government withdrew the project in 2003 and residents observe 2 February as Martyrdom Day every year "The 60 hectares of land from Lohajimi that the government has banked was the part of the land where the dam was proposed" Gudia said "Now the government is using land banks as another tool to acquire the same land" another activist who did not want to be named toldIndiaSpend Old versus new law in Chhattisgarh In addition to common lands land banks have violated laws protecting private land too particularly in cases where land from cancelled projects has been diverted into land banks One such example is from Lohandiguda region in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district In 2007 the Chhattisgarh government acquired 1765 hectares of land from some 2000 families mostly farmers living in 10 villages in Lohandiguda The land was acquired for Tata Steel to set up a steel plant Villagers alleged some of this land was acquiredforcefully and continuing opposition forced Tata Steel to withdraw in August 2016 blaming a breakdown of law and order in the region A few days later the Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC) added this land to its land bank swelling thereserveto 5665 hectares "The land is with the corporation Papers are being prepared [to bank the land]” confirmed Alok Trivedi General Manager of the Land Allotment and Land Bank Division in CSIDC Sudiep Srivastava an activist-lawyer who splits his time between Chhattisgarh and Delhi toldIndiaSpendthat legally the Chhattisgarh government cannot include the land acquired for Tata Steel in its land bank until the government has re-acquired it from the people Srivastava has filed a petition in the Chhattisgarh High Court demanding that land acquisition be quashed and the land returned to the people Srivastava explained that according to the Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (LARRA) of 2013 acquisition lapses if the land was acquired under the older 1894 statute and the acquired land is unutilised for more than five years The government can set up a new project on the same land but it must reacquire it from the people by following the provisions of the new land acquisition law These provisions include conducting public hearings and obtaining affected persons’ consent For one decade when it was unclear whether the Tata Steel project would go through Lohandiguda farmers were in a limbo None got the jobs they were promised; most were not rehabilitated; and although many families continued to live on the contested land they could not sell their crops to cooperative societies or avail of farmer benefit programmes because the land was no longer in their name The situation got some political attention in August 2017 when Rahul Gandhi vice-president of the Indian National Congress during a tour of Bastar accused the Chhattisgarh government oflyingto the people New Indian law The new land acquisition law gives land banks a freer hand If land acquired under this law is unutilised for more than five years the state government can put it in its land bank or give it back to the people it was acquired from The latter part has an interesting history An analysis by Policy Research Studies a research group for members of parliament shows that the first draft of the LARRA Act prepared in 2011 had no option of returning the unutilised land to the people and allowed state governments to bank it instead That faced strident opposition from activist bodies including the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) "Our joint effort forced the government to add that the land could go back to people also" Madhuresh Kumar national convener of NAPM toldIndiaSpend adding "At least it provides legal backing to land losers who want to claim their unutilised land" Under the new law if a state government acquires land for "public purpose" which includes defence projects and housing for the poor itdoes not need the consentof those who will lose their land In contrast the consent of 80 percent of the land-owners affected is required for private projects and of 70 percent if the project is a public-private partnership The law does not prevent the government from acquiring land for a "public purpose" and later handing it over to a private player "This would be a way to entirely circumvent the greater procedural requirements for private and public-private-partnership projects under LARRA" Levien added Indeed state governments are "breaking all kinds of laws" in order to acquire land to give it to industry or to put it in land banks NC Saxena a former bureaucrat who headed various committees on land rights toldIndiaSpend Saxena said keeping land fallow for long durations is a bad idea "But land banks become a necessity because the current land laws are complex with lengthy land acquisition processes that the governments do not want to get stuck" he said The new land acquisition law was supposed to resolve at least some of this complexity and shorten the procedures but as Saxena said those goals have not been met and violations abound Shrivastava the ecological economist said each case of transfer into land banks should be investigated "There is not even a single good study of this phenomenon by our social scientists" he said adding that investigation would undoubtedly unearth more scams Christopher Udry a professor of economics at Yale University says land banks should be created in such a way that they benefit landowners Since 1981 he has studied rural economics and land rights in Ghana a West African country the size of Uttar Pradesh where 80 percent of the land is held by customary land-owners mainly families clans and traditional authorities Udryproposesbuilding land banks on the lines of traditional banks where people deposit their money – people could deposit their land and earn from it "One can think of this as interest on the deposit" Udry toldIndiaSpendin an email The managers of these land banks would let out the deposited land for commercial or development activities "Payments could be structured in such a way that those willing to commit to longer terms receive higher payments" Udry said adding that the tenure of the deposit would be decided locally Experts would differ over whether this would work in India Meanwhile the wall is fast approaching the Dhinkia and Gobindpur villages in Odisha and communities are gearing up for a new battle (With inputs from Kanan Kapoor) The author is an environment journalist with Land Conflict Watch a Delhi-based data journalism initiative rice and fish. and didn’t utter ‘mitron’ even once, such has been the range of his fabrication that there shouldn’t even be any competition for the title.Written by E P Unny | Published: May 12 In the same breath and with no less passion, But it’s not like guilty children have been supported or encouraged by their powerful politician parents in every instance. punishment for what the society or the country considers a crime must weigh above anything else. 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