Bheels of Manawar Protest against Cement Factory

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Satyendra Singh NarwariaLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

Location of Conflict

SodulJhabua, Alirajpur, Barwani and Khargone districts of Madhya Pradesh



This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Industry



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Madhya Pradesh



On 16 March 2018, nearly 10,000 tribal people of six districts protested at Sodul village of Manawar tehsil in Dhar against the acquisition of their lands for setting up a cement factory. The villagers are demanding jobs in the cement factory for the unemployed people of that area. They also demanded reservation in medical, engineering and supervisory posts for the local tribal youth. Moreover, the angry protesters have threatened the government for not casting their votes in the assembly elections if the government does not return their land. One of the Adivasi leaders while addressing the villagers said that the land belongs to SC/ST and the Indian Constitution provides special restriction that the land belonging to the scheduled caste or scheduled tribe cannot be bought by a nontribal. Prashant Patidar, who was part of the protest, said why fresh acquisition of land is being carried out which will displace hundreds of people, when hundreds of acre of land acquired for Dhar Cement is lying vacant. The vacant land should be given for the new cement factory instead of acquiring fresh land, he said. Meera of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) alleged that as per the rule to set up any project they need to get approval from the people of the area. But here, in this case, Gram Sabha had passed a resolution opposing the proposed cement factory. They even fail to produce documents related to approval from Ministry of Environment and Forest for the project and they dont even have approval from the planning commission, alleged Meera. The protests also demand that after the passing of new Land Acquisition Act 2013, all the process of land acquisition need to be done under the new law. The villagers state that the administration is trying to take their land under the old land acquisition act.Hundreds of villagers took out the rally at Main Street of Manawar and reached the SDM office and demanded to clear the stand of government over land acquisition.

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Private and Common

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Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Government of Madhya Pradesh

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Ultra Tech Cement Company

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti

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