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A Story from Punjab

Dynamics of Land Acquisition

The Supreme Court’s judgment on 31 August 2016 to return the acquired land to farmers with compensation in Singur, West Bengal brought euphoria to the displaced farmers in Barnala district, Punjab. Since no project has been initiated on the acquired land in Barnala after 10 years, land acquisition should be cancelled by the Supreme Court taking suo motu cognisance. This article highlights how, in a high-handed manner, farmers’ land was grabbed by the politico-corporate lobby under the guise of land acquisition.

In May 2005, the Government of Punjab issued notifications to 125 farmers for acquiring 376 acres of land from the three villages of Sanghera, Fatehgarh Chhana, and Dhaula in Barnala district for the Tridentgroup in order to establish a sugar mill.1 At the time, the pace of land acquisition had increased, and protests against this had intensified in many states of India. In Punjab, Barnala was the centre of the storm.

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Updated On : 3rd Apr, 2018

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