Minimise acquisition of agricultural land for corporates: CJI

Justice Dattu while explaining the impact of climate change on the farmers also spoke on the issue of farmers' suicide.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: November 9, 2014 11:20 am
Chief Justice of India Dattu. (Source: PTI) Chief Justice of India Dattu. (Source: PTI)

Ahead of the Union government’s plan to amend the Land Acquisition Act enacted by the previous UPA government, Chief Justice of India H L Dattu advocated minimisation of acquisition of agricultural land by governments for corporate sector to help the farming community, in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

Talking about his own roots as a farmer back home in Karnataka, Justice Dattu said that the families of some farmers who had committed suicide had to pay bribe to get certificates to prove the same to get compensation.

“Apart from the discussion on the impact of climate change on farmers, it can also think of how farmers can be helped by the party in power. In my opinion, if we minimise the agriculture land being acquired by the state governments for the purpose of handing over to the corporate sector, it could help the agricultural community to a large extent. Don’t mistake me for saying this … this is for the only reason that agriculturists depend on these land, it is their bread. Yes, you can take that because you are the sovereign state, but when you take it, give him (farmer) not just compensation but something more than compensation,” Justice Dattu said, addressing a conference at Nirma University in Ahmedabad on “Strengthening Climate Justice Initiatives: Livelihood Challenges at Local Level with a Focus on Farmers.”

“As a Supreme Court judge when the state government questions an order passed by High Courts enhancing the compensation for acquiring the lands, I have the habit of looking into the eyes of such lawyers who appear for the state. The first question I ask is — Look gentleman, you have acquired their land, why should you be so finicky in giving compensation that has been fixed by the HC. He looks at me, I look at him, and say enough is enough. Why I am doing this is for the only purpose that farmers require their agricultural lands, it is their bread. Please give them fair compensation,” the Chief Justice said. “This is one area I really want to tell the present minister (Bhupendrasinh Chudasma) to pass it on to his higher-ups.”

Justice Dattu, while explaining the impact of climate change on farmers, also spoke on the issue of farmers’ suicide. He said that it is heartbreaking to read the account of families of farmers, who committed suicide, are subjected to inhuman treatment.

“We subject the families of farmers who commit suicide to inhuman treatment. For example, they are required to submit a post-mortem report certifying that the death was due to suicide so as to make them eligible for compensation. But the plague of corruption in our system has entered so deeply that often such families are required to bribe individuals to get this report. It is heart-breaking to read the account of families who are not able to get certificates,” he said.

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    alok
    Nov 9, 2014 at 4:27 am
    But then how will BJP make money from corporates?
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      Subhash Bennur
      Nov 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm
      CJI Mr Dattu..need to go beyond this? First who will give the land to Industries to be set up to provide jobs for at least 3 lac youth coming out of universities? Industries cannot be set up in space? The price of land has been artificially humped up toxic politicians/real estate brokers/builders. It can be seen in full force in both Bangalore & gurgaon? Second one is that there is no genuine latest crop knowledge transfer and financial inclusion ured? Individual farmers are ill equiped tofight climate change. Unless these are ured farmer suicides will continue. CJI sir, the subject needs to be talked @ holistically not just left to an Agriculture minister and one or two swaminathans?
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        PARAMJEET SINGH
        Nov 9, 2014 at 10:09 am
        I HAVE PROOF , IN INDORE LAND ACQUIRE FOR , INDORE DEVELOPMENT AUTHOURTY INDORE , IN ALL MOST ALL PROJECT EVEN COMPENSATION WAS NOT DEPOSITED IN GOVERNMENT TREASURE TILL 10 YEARS (UP TO 01.01.2014) , IF PARLIAMENT EXTEND LAPSE PERIOD FROM 5 YAERS TO 10 YEARS . IN FUTURE LAND LOOSER WE GET COMPENSATION IN 10 YEARS .
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          PARAMJEET SINGH
          Nov 9, 2014 at 10:09 am
          I HAVE PROOF , IN INDORE LAND ACQUIRE FOR , INDORE DEVELOPMENT AUTHOURTY INDORE , IN ALL MOST ALL PROJECT EVEN COMPENSATION WAS NOT DEPOSITED IN GOVERNMENT TREASURE TILL 10 YEARS (UP TO 01.01.2014) , IF PARLIAMENT EXTEND LAPSE PERIOD FROM 5 YAERS TO 10 YEARS . IN FUTURE LAND LOOSER WE GET COMPENSATION IN 10 YEARS .
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            Desi
            Nov 8, 2014 at 10:36 pm
            Corruption scams and general dishonesty widespread and affecting all levels in Indian society is the most evil and dragging the nation back in a vicious cycle. Added to this some opaque and convoluted laws by their very nature of existence generate corruption is and always will be major cause for the propagation of corruption and dishonesty.
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              Andrew Mohan Charles
              Nov 9, 2014 at 4:12 am
              We are getting quite used to BJP activists shouting down any perceived opposition to government policies. Peoples opinion don't matter no more?The Intelligence Bureau seems to have conveniently come up with a report on foreign funded NGO's especially the Greenpeace obstructing behemoth infrastructure projects. It is Corporate interests that dominate the Make In India policy, that is acceptable. But, Corporate responsibility, especially responsibility to the environment cannot be forgotten that is a bounden duty of every citizen fact seats for politicians who accept the broad gloabl vison of Greenpeace of environmental responsibility may be long overdue!What is forgotten by most is that traditional agricultural lands have developed over years. The fertile topsoil cannot be replaced that easily nor the water sources. The lay of the land that make it suitable for organic farming cannot be so easily replaced by land unsustainably artificially farmed.With our potion density exceeding China for limited land availability we may in fact be focusing wrong with behemoth infrastructure instead of the equitable development promised.
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                Andrew Mohan Charles
                Nov 9, 2014 at 4:12 am
                We are getting quite used to BJP activists shouting down any perceived opposition to government policies. Peoples opinion don't matter no more?The Intelligence Bureau seems to have conveniently come up with a report on foreign funded NGO's especially the Greenpeace obstructing behemoth infrastructure projects. It is Corporate interests that dominate the Make In India policy, that is acceptable. But, Corporate responsibility, especially responsibility to the environment cannot be forgotten that is a bounden duty of every citizen fact seats for politicians who accept the broad gloabl vison of Greenpeace of environmental responsibility may be long overdue!What is forgotten by most is that traditional agricultural lands have developed over years. The fertile topsoil cannot be replaced that easily nor the water sources. The lay of the land that make it suitable for organic farming cannot be so easily replaced by land unsustainably artificially farmed.With our potion density exceeding China for limited land availability we may in fact be focusing wrong with behemoth infrastructure instead of the equitable development promised.
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                  nitin
                  Nov 9, 2014 at 3:33 am
                  Thank you Sir for supporting the life of farmer and his family. I am happy we still have Justice in reliable hands of living humans.
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                    Rajagopaln Nadimuthu
                    Nov 9, 2014 at 3:14 pm
                    One must know the truth .With the present stringent LA act no development in infrastructures can take place .People should not take emotive decisions the latest sping the order of Madras HC 's order directing the census Commissioner to take caste war census ,observed that the judicial should not be taken through emotive perceptive but by legality of law ,holds good to day and for tomorrow also .One should not smell rat on every decision of the government .Fortunately the Britishers had completed the 90 % of the rail connectivity across INDIA the present era of judicial activism ,over environmental concerns ,human right activism,one cannot lay even one metre length of Railway Line.
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