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That way the winner rules. "We are firmly in control of the situation along the LoC.. it will pick up by 6th to 7th February and will reach its peak by February 14, The police have said they are burdened as quarantine officers have declined to examine the goats.Though there are no goat farms in Mumbai, tried to make us better as a tennis player, I mean, This study, or so it is believed by a cross-section of the people, fortified the default Indian posture of pusillanimous self-deterrence. Even limited Pakistani success in internationalising Kashmir will bring about tremendous diplomatic pressure on India and make any limited Indian military engagement across the border unlikely The author is a fellow at the Observer Research Foundation New Delhi and a national security columnist for Firstpost Views expressed here are personal He tweets @AbhijnanRej Bhasker Tripathi In June this year about a hundred people from Nuagaon village near India’s east coast marched towards a wall that the Odisha government is building around a 1700-hectare piece of land on the village’s periphery The wall would mark the inclusion of the land – 1253 hectares of which is forest land and is under dispute – in the state government’s land bank thereby restricting locals’ access to an area where they have traditionally harvested betel leaves rice and fish Faced with heavy police deployment the villagers turned back to consider a change of strategy In 2011 they had successfully fought off South Korean steel giant POSCO’s plan to set up a steel plant on the same piece of land No sooner had POSCO announced in March 2017 that it wouldreturn the landto the state government than the government announced it would put the land into a land bank – not return it to the villagers The wall Odisha government is building around a piece of land in Nuagaon village to mark its inclusion in the state government’s land bank IndiaSpend When the government began to wall off the contested land in May 2017 the simmering discontent erupted The face-off in Nuagaon village finds echoes in land conflicts brewing across the country State governments are rushing to build land banks using both private and common lands in an effort toattract investmentin manufacturing and infrastructure Up to 268 million hectares of land – an area larger than the state of Meghalaya – have been set aside in land banks in the eight states that declare these statistics data from state government websites show These are: Andhra Pradesh Chhattisgarh Jharkhand Madhya Pradesh Odisha Rajasthan Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh In several cases this has been done at the cost of people’s rights: Delhi-based data journalism initiativeLand Conflict Watchhas documented four recent cases including Nuagaon that together involve more than 3550 hectares of land and affect 258000 people – more than the population of Nagaland These conflicts have arisen because state governments have banked land that was allotted for industrial and infrastructure projects that were shelved due to local opposition Instead of resolving the conflict the states just locked the land away Land rights activists say the idea of land banks is problematic in itself "They steal land from villages and reverse long-needed land reforms" Aseem Shrivastava a Delhi-based ecological economist who co-authoredChurning The Earth: The Making Of Global India toldIndiaSpend And recent conflicts show that state governments’ methods of creating land banks have been questionable Why land banks State governments began to "bank" land in the 1990s particularly in the post-liberalisation period Michael Levien professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University in the United States and author of the forthcomingDispossession After Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India toldIndiaSpendin an email "From the point of view of the government building land banks allows them to offer land to private investors right away rather than having to wait for the lengthy process of land acquisition each time an investor wants land" he said "Investors also like to know that the land is acquired and available and that they won’t run into political problems down the road" Making land readily available for economic activities sounds like a rational move Scratch the surface however and a different picture emerges–of conflict and denial of people’s rights Banking disputed land—the case of Nuagaon When POSCO signed an agreement with the Odisha government to set up a steel plant in Nuagaon and nearby villages in 2005 the 700 families affected were not enthused Mostly Dalits or Santhal tribals the villagers wanted to continue to earn their livelihood from the forest and did not believe that jobs or other compensation promised to them would improve their lives A decade-long resistance including legal challenges followed at the end of which POSCOshelvedthe project in 2015 In March this year POSCO offered toreturn the landto the state government The villagers rejoiced but were soon faced with another claimant – the state government which quickly moved to add this land to aland bankit has been building since 2007 The Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO) started to wall off the 1700 hectares near Nuagaon in late May The wall will eventually fence off the nearby Dhinkia and Gobindpur villages as well Most of these families have farmed beetle leaves for generations which they sell to earn a livelihood They have no other employable skills Over generations the locals have developed a deep bond with the land and the forest beyond merely as a source of employment and their only possession Prashant Paikray an activist who worked closely with families here during their fight against POSCO toldIndiaSpend adding that it is often this attachment that fuels their fierce resistance to industrial projects The encounter with the police made Nuagaon residents take legal recourse In July 2017 they filed a petition with the Kolkata bench of the National Green Tribunal "Odisha government cannot put this forest land into the land bank" their counsel Ritwick Dutta toldIndiaSpend explaining that according to the Forest Conservation Act of 1980 the government is required to get forest ‘clearance’ or approval from the central environment ministry to use forest land for a non-forest purpose However there is no provision to obtain forest clearance for a ‘land bank’ under the Act Dutta said The petition adds that under the Forest Rights Act of 2006 the government cannot change the use of forest land without recognising the land and forest rights of people living or dependent on it since generations The residents of Nuagaon Dhinkia and Gobindpur villages have submitted applications to the state government to claim their land and forest rights but these have gone unaddressed since 2011 "The government is violating Forest Rights Act by preventing communities’ access to their forest” Shankar Pani an independent lawyer based in Odisha toldIndiaSpend The state government counters that the land had already been diverted for a non-forest purpose and was being held by the Industrial Development Corporation of India "[T]here is no question of settling forest rights now" Debi Prasad the former industries minister with the Odisha government who put the disputed 1253 hectares into the land bank toldIndiaSpend Dutta argues that the Odisha government never issued a final order diverting this forest land for non-forest purposes as state governments are required to do after the central environment ministry issues a ‘clearance’ Conflict everywhere Odisha’s land bank now comprises about 40000 hectares Most Indian states either already have sizeable land banks or are in the process of creating them–largely for industrial or infrastructure development–although only eight make details publicly available (See table 1) Conflict arises when industrial or infrastructure projects are proposed on land that communities inhabit earn a livelihood from or have customary rights over Over 200 million Indiansdepend on forestlandfor basic living needs while 1189 million Indians practisefarmingon 160 million hectares of land Land Conflict Watch has reported over 450 land conflicts so far affecting more than 6 million people directly or indirectly These include conflicts due to land acquisition by the state violation of community rights over land and opposition to industries such as mining and power generation and to infrastructure projects Often communities do not want to part with their land or their demands for compensation and rehabilitation are not adequately met In some cases the projects are shelved or cancelled and state governments take over the land “When [investment] proposals do not get fulfilled either due to lack of finance on ground conflicts regulatory failures or a combination of these governments allocated the acquired land into land banks instead of repatriating it” Kanchi Kohli legal research director with the environmental justice programme of Namati a Washington DC-based global network of lawyers toldIndiaSpend Jharkhand’s clandestine move Like Nuagaon in Odisha a movement against land banks is building up in the Torpa block of Khunti district in Jharkhand Members ofgram sabhas (village councils) are holding meetings where they bring villagers’ land records to match with the land bank data available on the state revenue department’s website to check if the government has surreptitiously put any village common land into its land bank?

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