By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangaluru : Let Indian industry learn pains of farmers and Annadata. Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Settlement Act was passed in the parliament by UPA with Assistance of BJP in 2013 . Let Indian industry learn to acquire land and face social impact study involving public hearings and approval of 80% of affected and then acquire the land as per the Act and participatory methods are more important .Democracy is better and dictatorship in democracy is unheard off and should not be supported. Let Indian industry learn to acquire land in open market. Anybody can visit real estate portal websites like magicbricks.com or indiaproperty.com or 99acres.com or any other real estate portal several thousand lakhs acres of land is available for indusial purposes for sale and purchase.
"There was no need of the promulgation of ordinance or special session of parliament to amend the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Settlement Act,” as social impact study involving public hearings and approval of 80% of affected would have revealed that for in defense, rural electrification, housing for the poor and industrial corridors government land is already available and there is no need for fresh acquisition .Railway and defense have excess lands available.. Only few vested interests in industry finds these provisions restrictive and lengthy, civil society groups have said that relaxing such rules will lead to land grabbing in the name of development. Restrictions on buying land, under a law championed by the UPA government, and it cannot be barriers holding up projects worth almost $300 billion .If industry want the land it can buy it in open market as land is available. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is misguided by private and vested lobby to amend the Act as they want to lot and give it to foreign companies in the name of SEZ. And FDI..
Let government conduct social impact survey and publish white paper several lakhs Acres Land is available for development already and there is no need for fresh acquisition. Central Government and state governments have excess land with them and there is no need to acquire land for defense and industry purposes and no need to amend Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. When government is making disinvestment and large chunk of land is going to private sector why again it is acquiring land from poor farmers at the risk food crises looming large at India. .Before making amendment to Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement NDA government should have allowed the Act to roll out few project under the existing Act and then it could have moved for amendment if there is any need .Government should first come out with white paper about how much excess land is available with government and then make a firm policy and then could have gone ahead with the amendment if it is necessary .Allowing to loot the land of farmers is not development . Since 1947 till date several lakh acres have been acquired for industrial purposes and 95% of industrial areas have been vanished and industries have stopped functioning and all the industrial lands have been sold to other purposes. Global investors meets have virtually been converted into global land looters meets in the name of developments. If any corporate has stopped using the land for industrial purpose then government should take back that land and allot it to the new corporate which is willing to use it for indusial purpose .
The Bill to amend the 2013 land acquisition Act is neither pro-farmer nor pro-poor nor pro-Development .It is only pro-looting the Inda and its resources. The economic agenda of the Narendra Modi government will face its biggest test inside and out side the Parliament. The controversial Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (LARR) that has been introduced in Lok Sabha . While the government seems determined to push the Bill through Parliament, the opposition parties have vowed to oppose it tooth and nail.The stakes are very high for both sides. Ensuring hassle-free and cheap land to private companies is a crucial component of the economic agenda of the government but as the land is available question of forcibaly acquiring land shuld not be resorted . Since 1947 till date several lakh acres have been acquired for industrial purposes and 95% of industrial areas have been vanished and industries have stopped functioning and all the industrial lands have been sold to other purposes. Global investors meets have virtually been converted into global land looters meets in the name of developments. A foot-march by tens of thousands of farmers, agricultural workers and tribals from 16 States reached Jantar Mantar on February 23 to join a protest launched by Anna Hazare. The social activist has described the ordinance as a grave form of injustice to farmers and others who depend on land for livelihood. Mr. Hazare has made it clear that the current protest is just a beginning of a larger movement that will continue until the anti-farmer Bill was withdrawn.That many organisations of farmers, agricultural workers and tribals from different parts of the country have started protests is not surprising. Since Independence, millions have been displaced and dispossessed of their livelihood due to land acquisition, and have received a pittance by way of compensation.