Unravelling Regressive and Anti People Amendments to Land, Forest, Environment, Coastal and other Laws
Attack on People’s Sovereignty and Rights
Venue : Gandhi Peace Foundation, Delhi | July 9, 2018 | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Since the passage of the Right to Fair Compensation, Transparency in Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Act, 2013 (also known as land law 2013), several attempts have been made to amend, dilute or negate the provisions which work in the favour of project affected people, protect the rights of the farmers and workers. One of the first things which NDA government govt did after coming to power was to bring out an Ordinance to amend the 2013 land law, which didn’t become a law primarily because of intense opposition by the peoples movements, farmers and workers organisations, and the political parties. However, the defeat at the central level has led to a shift in their strategy. The BJP ruled states got on to amending the central law and thereby incorporating all the changes which Ordinance was proposing to make. On that basis Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and some other states have made those changes. In addition, the State rules have also tried to undermine some of the positive provisions of consent, options assessment, social impact assessment, compensation and R&R provisions, return of land to original owners, protecting land rights and so on.
The demand for land and land acquisition has become essential to many of the grand infrastructure projects like, industrial corridors, Sagar Mala, Bharatmala, smart cities, bullet trains etc, planned by many of the state governments. This has meant changes in the land laws, environment laws, mining laws, forest right act, labour laws and so on. All this has also close links to the reforms being carried out in order to improve the ease of doing business rankings and the expected foreign investments from international financial institutions and other sources. These retrograde and anti people reforms are facilitating assault and harassment on farmers, workers, activists, journalists and overall on the nation’s sovereignty itself. The lack of political will and the insecurity of the State is more than evident in the non implementation of the Forest Rights Act 2006, through bureaucratic delays and denial of claims on frivolous grounds in states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and the hill states of Himachal and Uttarakhand.
The recent increase in violence and police firing leading to the death of 12 people in Tuticorin, 6 people in Mandsaur, 6 people in Hazaribagh few years ago, arrests of hundreds of adivasis, rights and environmental activists, criminalisation of the land rights and Pathalgarhi movements, they all point to the desperation of the capital to illegally facilitate plunder and loot of peoples and natural resources.
It is in this context that National Alliance of People’s Movements and Bhumi Adhikar Andolan invite you to a day long meeting on July 9th at Gandhi Peace Foundation to discuss, understand these changes and then strategise to challenge this.
9:00 – 9:30 am Registration and Tea
9:30 – 11:30 am Inaugural Session / Political Context
11:30 – 03:00 pm Detailed presentation on changes in land laws / environmental laws / coastal zone / forest rights act
01:00 – 02:00 pm Lunch
03:00 – 04:00 pm Legal or Ground Challenges
04:00 – 04:30 pm Tea Break
04:30 – 06:00 pm The Way forward
We invite activists, advocates, journalists, researchers and everyone to come and join us in challenging these changes. We look forward to having you with us.
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National Alliance Of Peoples’s Movements |Bhumi Adhikar Andolan