Farmers Affected by Mohanpura Irrigation Dam in MP Await Compensation, Rehabilitation

Reported by

Arpit Deshmukh

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Published on

December 27, 2016

December 27, 2016

Updated on

December 27, 2016

Location of Conflict

Banskheda

Mohanpura, Tandi, Naihera, Sameli, Jhumka, Mandakheda, Kolukhera, Dungarpur, Saipurian, Balbirpur

Rajgarh

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Irrigation Dam

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People Affected by Conflict

10240

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

7051

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Starting Year

2012

State

Madhya Pradesh

Sector

Power

The Water Resources Department of Madhya Pradesh has proposed to develop the Mohanpura dam across Newaj river near Banskhedi village in Rajgarh district. The catchment area intercepted at the dam site is 3,726 square kilometres. The proposed dam will provide water for irrigation as well as for domestic and industrial uses.
Farmers from 32 villages have protested against the insufficient compensation offered for their land, which was acquired for the project. They allege that only nine villages have received the compensation after three years of the land acquisition and that the amount for the compensation and rehabilitation package is much lower than what they had expected. Moreover, many farmers who had received the compensation were unable to access their bank accounts as the administration had prohibited the withdrawal of money from the accounts by freezing them.
The prime minister inaugurated the project on June 23, 2018. The local people decided to protest by wearing black clothes to the inauguration to highlight their grievances of not being paid proper compensation.
On July 20, 2018, the state government issued an order to Jain Irrigation to execute the Mohanpura dam project. One month after inauguration, only 11 villages were rehabilitated.
By August 2019, 258 farmers were paid compensation and rehabilitation package. The minister for water resources informed that the remaining farmers will be paid their due amount soon.
Till date, some of the villages have not received the compensation and rehabilitated package yet. In July 2020, it was reported that villagers under the submergence zone will be informed through local panchayats about the date of opening of the dam which will flood the villages.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for promised compensation

Demand for more compensation than promised

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

3800

Type of investment:

Investment Made

Year of Estimation

2018

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Legislations/Policies Involved

Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Section 23 [Enquiry and land acquisition award by collector based on the compensation determined under Section 27]; Section 26 [Criteria for assessment and determination of market value of land by collector]; Section 27 [Amount of compensation is determined under this section]; Section 77 [Compensation is to be paid under this section]; Section 80 [Under this section, when compensation is not paid or if there is delay, interest becomes payable]
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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community?

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Incorrect estimation of compensation

Non-payment of compensation/promised compensation

Non-implementation/violation of LARR Act

Delay in compensation

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Case Number

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Water Resource department, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Farmers

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