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Villagers oppose land acquisition 20.2.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, February 19

The Zameen Prapti Sangharash Committee (ZPSC) today announced the launch of an agitation against the Punjab Government for trying to forcibly purchase the common land of Balad Kalan village for a proposed industrial hub in Sangrur district.

“We will not allow the government to take possession of the village common land as hundreds of Dalit families are doing agriculture over it. We have called a mahapanchayat on March 6 in Kheri village to announce our future course of action,” said Parmjit Kaur, a member of the committee.

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Not enough water in stressed Cauvery to fulfill SC verdict 19.2.2018 Opinion – The Indian Express
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J&K: 18 years after soldiers death, Haryana panchayat to give his widow a plot 18.2.2018 Chandigarh – The Indian Express
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Village Common Lands (Regulation) Act: Decide on amendment, HC tells Punjab govt 9.2.2018 India – The Indian Express
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BKU activists hold protest, seek waiver of farm debt 8.2.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Patiala, February 7 Members of the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU Dakaunda) held a protest, seeking waiver of debt of all farmers in the state and fulfillment of other demands at the Passiana overbridge here today. The protest was held outside the Passiana police station while the district administration had enforced Section 144. Leaders of the union attacked the state government, alleging that it had not acted as per its assurances of waiving all loans of farmers which were still pending. Sucha Singh, district general secretary of the union, said: “Our demands are based on promises made by Congress leaders during the Assembly elections, including waiver of complete loans and giving jobs to every household in the state.” The leaders said the government had assured to eliminate ‘kurki’ which was still prevalent. “They announced they would eliminate ‘Kurki’, but nothing has been done in this regard as well,” said Sucha. State organising secretary of the union Darshan Pal said: “The government ...
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Sarpanch leads protest against encroachments 6.2.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Sangrur, February 5 Alleging lack of action by the Panchayat Department officers against land encroachers in his village, Dhandiwal’s Dalit sarpanch Kulwant Singh and other villagers have started an indefinite protest in front of the Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO), Sherpur. Some other organisations, including the MGNREGA union and the SC wing of SAD, have also announced support for the sarpanch. “I had started a campaign in 2015 to remove encroachments from the village common land, but some upper caste residents with political connections have been creating problems for me since the launch of the campaign,” alleged sarpanch Kulwant Singh. He alleged that upper caste people were harassing him and not allowing him to work for the development of the village. “He is not fighting his personal fight, but working for the development of the village. We are supporting the sarpanch and would join him in his protest tomorrow,” said Malkiat Changal, president of Sangrur ...
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HC summons auction record of shamlat land 6.2.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 5 More than a year after the Punjab and Haryana High Court took cognisance of a petition alleging illegal leasing out of shamlat land for seven years to former minister Sohan Singh Thandal’s son, a Division Bench has called for the auction record. The Division Bench of Justice Mahesh Grover and Justice Rajbir Sehrawat asserted there was a specific averment that the Block Development and Panchayat Officer was not present at the time of auction. “Let the record of auction be produced on the next date of hearing,” the Bench said. The developments took place on a petition filed by Karam Singh against the state and other respondents. Appearing before the Bench, petitioner’s counsel Bhanu Pratap Singh had contended that proper publication was not carried out. He asserted even if the matter was given out in one newspaper, the particulars of the land to be auctioned were not mentioned. Referring to Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Rules, the counsel had contended ...
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Unchanged FAR leads to illegal constructions 29.1.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Dharamsala, January 28 The state government has failed to effect changes in the floor area ratio (FAR), which has been leading to the mushrooming of illegal structures. The ratio in the state as per the town and country planning rules is 1.75. This means that a person cannot raise more than 1.75 per cent of the total floor area. The ratio is similar for lower and plain areas of the state as Una or Nurpur and Indora and high-altitude areas as Shimla, Dharamsala or Manali. The plain areas are similar to those of Punjab. However, still they are being forced to follow the rules that are made for high altitude or hilly areas. In Punjab, FAR is fixed as per the plot size and nature of land (commercial or residential). In commercial areas and small plots, the ratio is up to 2 or even 3 in adjoining areas of Punjab, it is learnt. In Himachal, FAR for industries and hotels is 1.5. Hoteliers in Dharamsala now want that the ratio should be increased in the state. Sanjeev Gandhi, general ...
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Segregation hurdles leave Bengaluru down in dumps 16.1.2018
Noxious smoke from piles of burning garbage is a common sight in Bengaluru, which still struggles to dipose of its waste. Garbage (even the segregated variety) is collected and dumped indiscriminately in landfills, while the BBMP's promises about waste-to-energy plants remain up in the air. The seven processing plants, installed at a whopping Rs 450 crore, process only 800 metric tonnes, about one-third of their capacity. The BBMP is now planning to float tenders for contractors to manage these plants and assign marshals to monitor segregation, but these measures may fall flat in the absence of a regimented, decentralised process of collection and disposal, reports Aknisree Karthik. Most would agree that traffic, roads and garbage are the city"s bane, robbing it of its peace and quiet and clean surroundings. While the BBMP seems to be attempting to give the  city better and sturdier roads in the run- up to the state elections, it has not met with much success in dealing with  the ...
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Shamlat land claims: Role of officers under scanner 4.1.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 3 Provisions of the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Act, 1961, are being ignored by officers of the Rural Development and Panchayats Department while deciding claims of ownership over shamlat land. This has been stated in a recent demi-official letter written by Advocate General (AG) Atul Nanda to Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh. The letter says that exercising powers of an appellate authority under the Act, the officers instead of adhering to the vital provision of the Act that specifies January 26, 1950, as the date to determine the title of the land in question being shamlat or not, are passing orders on the basis of mutations of the subsequent years. The Advocate General has cited oral observations by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in connection with the hearing of a civil writ petition. The Advocate General has also referred to scathing remarks made against two senior officials. “Land is most valuable thing to a farmer and ...
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Inherent faith runs deep 2.1.2018 Downtoearth
In Jharkhand, sacred groves define social and cultural consciousness of tribal people
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Two booked for encroachment 30.12.2017 The Tribune

Two booked for encroachment

Tarn Taran: Ranjit Singh and Daljit Singh of Kairon village, 20 km from here, have been booked under Section 13-A of the Punjab Village Common Land Regulation Act, 1961. Mela Singh, block development and panchayat officer (BDPO), Patti, in a complaint to the police alleged that the accused had been encroaching upon the village common land where residents sit to discuss common issues. — OC

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Inquiry on into illegal mining at Moga village 25.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Moga, December 24 Acting on the news report, “In Moga, drug mafia takes to sand mining” which was published in these columns on December 2, the Rural Development and Panchayat Department has begun investigations into illegal sand mining on panchayat land at Daulewala village in the Dharamkot sub-division of the district. This village, which was also known as the “drug hub of Punjab”, has of late fallen prey to the mining mafia. The youths, who were previously involved in smuggling and illegal sale of drugs, had now allegedly turned to illegal mining on the village common land and a few private properties in connivance with the village panchayat. A senior official of the Rural Development and Panchayat Department revealed that a notice had been served on Gurmeet Kaur, sarpanch of the village, through the block development and panchayat officer to initiate departmental and legal action against her. The department has also asked the district mining officer to conduct a physical ...
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Mafia occupies Rs 2,000-cr panchayat land: Report 22.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 21 It seems the land mafia has had a free run in the state all these years. Common village land worth Rs 2,000 crore, owned by panchayats, is in illegal possession of the mafia. The fact came to the fore during an internal report prepared by the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats recently. According to the report, 20,800 acres is in illegal possession of the land mafia and influential individuals. According to a rough estimate, if the department gets back the possession of the land from the mafia it can generate revenue of Rs 50 crore annually from it. Out of the total land, more than 60 per cent falls in just four districts of the state. In district-wise breakup, Chief Minister’s home district Patiala tops the chart. In Patiala alone, 4,854 acres (25 per cent of the total land) is in illegal possession. It is followed by Kapurthala with 3,411; Fatehgarh Sahib 2,436 and Jalandhar 1,967 acres. Despite having powers to protect village panchayats given ...
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Mafia occupies ~2,000-cr panchayat land: Report 22.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 21 It seems the land mafia has had a free run in the state all these years. Common village land worth Rs 2,000 crore, owned by panchayats, is in illegal possession of the mafia. The fact came to the fore during an internal report prepared by the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats recently. According to the report, 20,800 acres is in illegal possession of the land mafia and influential individuals. According to a rough estimate, if the department gets back the possession of the land from the mafia it can generate revenue of Rs 50 crore annually from it. Out of the total land, more than 60 per cent falls in just four districts of the state. In district-wise breakup, Chief Minister’s home district Patiala tops the chart. In Patiala alone, 4,854 acres (25 per cent of the total land) is in illegal possession. It is followed by Kapurthala with 3,411; Fatehgarh Sahib 2,436 and Jalandhar 1,967 acres. Despite having powers to protect village panchayats given ...
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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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