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17-acre reserved land vacant, Dalits upset 15.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Sangrur, December 14 The Dalits at Jhaloor village are raising questions over the Sangrur administration’s failure to conduct the auction of 17 acres reserved for Dalits from the village common land as eight months of the current financial year have already passed. The Dalits under the banner of Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Committee (ZPSC) have decided to announce their future course of action against the administration on Friday at the ‘bhog’ on the death anniversary of Dalit woman Gurdev Kaur, who died last year during a clash between Dalits and upper caste men over the possession of reserved land. All reserved land is lying vacant while the auction of 34 acres of general category land was conducted in November. “The administration wants to give reserved land to dummy candidates put up by upper caste men and are pressurising us to participate in the auction at the office. We are demanding that the auction must be done in the village. The police have also not arrested all the 32 persons ...
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‘Official-mafia nexus threat to village land’ 15.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 14 The Panchayat Union, Punjab, today alleged that rural development officers were working in connivance with the land mafia to grab common land in villages. Addressing the media here today, Kanti Mohan, union leader and sarpanch of Mothada Kalan village in Jalandhar, alleged that hundreds of acres of land in the state belonging to panchyatas was in illegal possession of the land mafia. He said sarpanches who raised their voice against the nexus were being harassed by the department officials, who were acting in favour of the land mafia. The union alleged that large tracts of panchayat land were given to the land mafia in the past 10 years. Mohan said his own panchayat was struggling to save its land since 2013. He alleged that when he raised his voice over the matter, the department started a move to dismiss him from the post of sarpanch. The issue was also raised in the Vidhan Sabha when a joint development commissioner, who had powers to listen to the land ...
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Residents protest proposed land acquisition for industry 9.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Sangrur, December 8 Under the banner of the Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Committee (ZPSC), Balad Kalan residents today protested in front of the Sangrur Deputy Commissioner’s office and alleged that the state government had secretly initiated the process to acquire village common land for industrial unit. “It is injustice to the village as how the government could acquire 350 acres of fertile land for industry without taking the consent. We will not allow it at any cost as out of the total land, 33 per cent is of Dalits, who do not have any other alternative and they are producing their crops on their share jointly,” said Mukesh Malaud, Sangrur district president of the ZPSC. In the Budget Session, the state government had announced to set up a new industrial hub in Sangrur. Sangrur MLA and AICC spokesperson Vijay Inder Singla has identified 1,200 acres of village common land in various villages to offer it to set up new industrial units in the district. But the MLA has been clarifying ...
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The futility of CoP23 6.12.2017 Downtoearth
Although in its 25th year, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is still struggling to find a way out of this century's biggest developmental challenge: climate change
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In Moga, drug mafia takes to sand mining 1.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Moga, November 30 The drug mafia in the district’s Daulewala villages has now turned to illegal sand mining on village common land and a few private properties. A recent visit to the village brought out that a portion of panchayat land on the Maseetan link road has been robbed off its fertility. The land, where wheat and paddy were sown for several years, has now turned barren with deep trenches as a result of illegal sand mining. The land where two ponds were to be constructed has deep trenches. Grants were received for the ponds, but they never constructed. The movement of trucks and trailers laden with sand has damaged streets in the village. Ranjit Kaur, a village resident, said: “Drug smugglers of Daulewala village have started the illegal mining business by roping in many jobless drug addicts.” Daulewala sarpanch Gurmeet Kaur refused to say anything on illegal mining. All he said was the panchayat had approved the construction of two ponds, but the work was pending due to the ...
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$6.5bn afforestation fund pits forest officials against tribals yet again 24.11.2017 All Economy & Policy Stories
Testimonies of affected tribespeople and activists point to a conspiracy that forest departments are using afforestation as a tool to exert control over forest lands traditionally used by tribespeople
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Delhi’s air — a tragedy of the commons 22.11.2017 HBL: Home
Individuals are unable to modify present behaviour for future, collective gains. Wrong policies exacerbate this tendency
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HSIIDC plot holders seek exclusion of shamlat land 20.11.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Karnal, November 19 As many as 115 industrialists of Sector 3 A, a part of Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), Industrial Estate, Karnal, have reiterated their demand for recalculation of enhancement charges of their plots excluding ‘Shamlat deh land (common land), and the land of the state and Central government. They allege that even after assurances from Minister for Industries and Commerce, Environment and Industrial Training Vipul Goel and the MD, HSIIDC, to sort out the issue, the authorities concerned have taken no action. Now, the industrialists have decided to meet CM Manohar Lal Khattar when he visits Karnal on November 26. The industrialists say they were served notices on July 11, 2017, for the payment of the enhancement cost at the rate of Rs 1,734.21 per sq mt, which contains the cost of 12.01 acres belonging to ‘Shamlat deh land (common land), and land of the state and Central governments. The HSIIDC local office has sent a ...
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Shahpur Kalan clash: ADR report accuses police of delayed action 17.11.2017 The Tribune

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, November 16

A special committee of the Association for Democratic Rights (ADR) in its investigation report has indicted Cheema police for delaying action, which led to a clash between Dalits and Nihangs at Shahpur Kalan village on October 15. A Dalit was killed during the clash over the possession of reserved land from the village common land.

“Despite having timely information, the police did not act immediately. Had the police taken prompt action, the clash could have been prevented. We have sent our report today to the senior authorities for action against erring policemen,” said Swarnjit Singh, a member of the committee of the ADR.

When contacted, Sunam DSP William Jeji denied the allegations of delaying action.

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Land auction put off on Dalits’ demand 2.11.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Sangrur, November 1 To highlight the importance of reserved land from village common land in the lives of Dalits, Punjabi movie “Chamm” (Skin) was screened at Jhaloor village last night. The village is infamous for clashes between Dalits and upper-caste people over the possession of reserved land. The administration today postponed the proposed auction of November 2 of reserved land after Dalits demanded that it should be organised after November 10. “The administration had fixed November 2 to conduct auction of all 50 acres of the village common land. But these days all Dalits are working as labourers in various grain markets and they do not have money also to bid to take 17 acres of reserved land, out of the total 50 acres, on lease. The administration must organise it after November 10. We have informed the authorities about it,” Mukesh Malaud, district president of the Zameen Prapati Sangharsh Committee, said. The “Chamm” movie, which is about the life of Dalits, their financial ...
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The cow menace 25.10.2017 FrontLine: Home
The BJP governments’ holy cow policy has given rise to the phenomenon of large herds of unproductive cattle abandoned by their owners creating social, economic and environmental crises across northern India. By VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN
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After six-month delay, auction of Jhaloor land today 25.10.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Sangrur, October 24 After a delay of six months, the district administration has announced to auction common land at Jhaloor village tomorrow. Dalits have, however, demanded that the auction for reserved land be postponed till the end of the paddy season since most of them are away from home, working as labourers in various grain markets. Jhaloor was in news over clashes between Dalit and upper-caste men over the possession of reserved land. Dalits have been demanding that the land must be given to eligible persons and not to dummy people, who place bids at the instance of upper-caste landlords. “We have got information last evening that the administration will hold the auction on October 25. These days, most Dalits are busy in grain markets. The administration must postpone the auction till the end of the paddy season,” said Balwinder Jhaloor, a district committee member of Zameen Prapati Sangharash Committee. His mother Gurdev Kaur died after suffering injuries during a clash ...
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For pastures new 24.10.2017 FrontLine: Home
Sant Gopal Das takes on the Haryana government for failing to protect cows and to keep its promise to provide grazing land. By T.K. RAJALAKSHMI
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Sarpanch booked for fraud 19.10.2017 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 18

Jasbir Singh, the Sarpanch of Bhagupur Bait village, falling under the Bhindisaida police station, has been booked for cheating and forgery.

He allegedly leased out the village common land for 20 years without taking the requisite permission from the District Development and Panchayat Department. A complaint was lodged by Gurpreet Singh, district DDPO (District Development and Panchayat Officer) in this regard. In the complaint, he stated that by leasing out the Panchayat land, he had caused huge losses to the state exchequer.

Following this, the police have registered a case under Sections 409, 420 and 120-B of the IPC and Section 13-A of the Village Common Land Act. The police authorities said that further investigations were underway and the suspect had been asked to join the probe.

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Ensure redressal of pending cases in 3 months, staff told 16.10.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Mohali, October 15 While tightening noose around those possessing panchayati lands illegally, the Secretary of Rural Development and Panchayat Department directed the staff to ensure the redressal of all pending cases within three months under the Punjab Panchayati Raj Act and Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Act, 1961. Issuing directions, Anurag Verma, Secretary of the department, said the warrant to possession should be issued after following the proper procedure as per law within one month of issuing the eviction notice and then possession should be taken within one month after coordinating with the Revenue Department. Verma said checking at offices of District Development and Panchayat officers would be conducted after November 15 and if any kind of dereliction would be noticed for non-issuance of warrant to possession as per above said timeline, then the District Development and Panchayat Officer and Block Development and  Panchayat Officer concerned  would be held ...
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Dalits, Nihangs clash over land; one killed, 10 injured 16.10.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Sangrur, October 15 A Dalit was killed and 10 were injured in a clash with Nihangs over possession of reserved land at Shahpur Kalan village in the district today. The police booked nine Nihangs and started raids to arrest them. Family members of those injured alleged that Nihangs had encroached upon five acres of village common land around five years ago. On the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the police got vacated 1.25 acres from Nihangs’ possession two years ago and handed it over to the village panchayat to carve out two-marla plots for each Dalit family. When the Dalits arrived at the site today to take possession of their plots, it led to a clash with the Nihangs occupying the land. Gurmeet Singh, a Dalit villager, said: “We had informed the police last evening, following which cops visited our village. But they did not take action. During the clash, Nihangs attacked us with bricks and sharp-edged weapons.” The deceased was identified as Teja Singh (65). The ...
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Residents file complaint with DC 10.10.2017 The Tribune
Patiala, October 9 Irked over illegal encroachments on the cremation ground allotted by the administration to Dheeru Nagar, residents lodged a complaint with the DC. They demanded that showrooms constructed on the land meant for the cremation ground on the Sular road should be demolished. A politically backed self-styled chairman of an organisation has allegedly raised showrooms in connivance with certain political leaders on the land of the cremation ground spread over around 44 bighas of land. The complainant also alleged irregularities by the previous management of the cremation ground committee. The residents claimed that despite initial complaints to the officials concerned, the illegal construction did not stop on the government property, which is worth crores. The residents claimed that the land mafia might have prepared forged documents of the common land with the help of some administrative officials and had also raised several showrooms and shops on the prime land. Prem Khora, a resident of ...
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Illegal mining: Flying squad conducts first raid in Majri block, returns empty-handed 6.10.2017 Chandigarh – The Indian Express
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Cong men out to grab our worker’s plot: SAD 6.10.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Sangrur, October 5 A 200-sq-yd plot in Barkatpura village has become a bone of contention between SAD and Congress men. The plot is in the name of a SAD supporter, who has alleged that some Congress supporters from his village want to grab it to make a passage to their agricultural land. “Since the formation of the Congress government, some of the party supporters have been trying to grab a plot of Mohammad Sabbir. Cops and the civil administration are also supporting the Congress men. When Sabbir refused to part with it, they got a false case registered against him under land grab charges. Now, Congress leaders, cops and the civil administration officers are openly threatening him of dire consequences if he does not give away his plot to them,” alleged advocate Parvez Akhtar, SAD leader and Block Samiti member from Malerkotla. “Last month, cops, along with the civil administration, made two attempts to take over the plot despite a stay order of court. I have filed a case of contempt ...
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Sunet residents up in arms against LIT 26.9.2017 The Tribune
Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, September 25 Residents of Sunet village situated on the periphery of the city held a protest against the authorities of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) for what they termed as ‘illegal encroachment’ on a piece of village common land which was allotted to Maha Sabha for the construction of a park and memorial to Shaheed Baba Bhan Singh. According to activists of the Maha Sabha, who led the protest, the LIT authorities were repeatedly asked not to interfere with the village common land where a stage had been erected for cultural programmes and a park was under development. “Even after giving assurances that they will stay away from this piece of land, the LIT authorities had now demolished the stage and the land around it has also been dug up for reasons best known to the officials,” said Col JS Brar (retd), president, and Jaswant Zeerakh, a functionary of the Maha Sabha. The protesters said when work had been taken in hand by the LIT at the village common land, they had ...
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