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Activists oppose new land acquisition draft in India

New Delhi, India: Various peoples’ movements under the banner of SANGHARSH in India decided to protest against the new draft of National Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011.

Protestors demanded that the Government of India must come up with a comprehensive National Development Planning Act that would take care of the need for land, the land use alterations that are required for genuine public purposes and land reforms for distributive justice.

Social rights activist Medha Patkar said that the proposed bill failed to take into consideration the concerns of millions of people affected by various projects and hence, was not a comprehensive draft. SANGHARSH said comparatively progressive laws such as the Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act, 1996 and the Forest Rights Act, 2006 too had unfortunately come under threat of not being implemented, or, worse, being misused for distributing land titles to others.

It wondered how some superficial amendments as proposed in the new legislation would change the basic structure of this colonial anti-people process and approach.

Source: The Hindu