The Times of India, Sep 3 2015, Indore: Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that there will be no fresh ‘Land Acquisition Ordinance’ and Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Act 2013 will be implemented with few changes, farmers, labourers and fishermen gathered at collector’s office in Barwani on Wednesday asserting that they have become owners of their properties which were acquired 10-15 years ago for Sardar Sarovar Dam.
Medha Patkar of Narmada Bachao Andolan said that the Supreme Court in 2014 and 2015 has rightly interpreted that under the section 24(2) of Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Act 2013, the oustees, whose land were acquired but not used for years, will become the owner of the land from January 2014.
On the 22nd day of Jeevan Adhikar Satyagraha, protestors claimed that acquisition of land stands cancelled since January 2014, as per section 24(2) of the New Land Acquisition Act 2013. Dam oustees demanded that the name of Narmada Valley Develoment Authority (NVDA) should be deleted and their names should be entered through mutation on the said property.
Patkar said the said section is indeed a relief to the affected people whose lands, houses etc were acquired decades ago in lieu of meager compensation.
“Lack of rehabilitation planning and land resources derails the policy, plans and promises. Oustees eventually become losers as they cannot start a new life at that time,” she said.
She went on to say that 40,000 families residing in the submergence area of SSD in Madhya Pradesh have now becomes the owner of the land under the Act
“Unless and until these lands are reacquired, no government can submerge the land or properties,” she said.