Land Acquisition in India: Will the Proposed Bill Protect Displaced People?

Land Acquisition in India: Will the Proposed Bill Protect Displaced People?
8 pages

Authors
Dubochet, Lucy

Publication date
26 Oct 2012

Publisher
Oxfam India

Series
Oxfam Briefing Notes

Type
Policy paper

A coherent policy response to the tough social questions raised by compulsory land acquisition in India is long overdue. Conflicts have escalated, while successive governments failed to enact a law protecting the livelihoods of affected people. The proposed Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill 2011 is a major step forward in this regard. However, a number of loopholes in the bill need to be addressed. Otherwise, it will not respond adequately to the sensitive nature of India’s land situation and instead, make the conflict more intractable by covering unchanged practices under a new law.

KeywordsLand rights, India

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