In January 2018, farmers from six villages Chor Barhata, Dongargaon, Gangai, Kudari, Mehrakheda and Umaria in Narsinghpur district began protesting against the "inadequate" compensation for their land acquired for a thermal power plant. They are demanding jobs for each family whose land was taken by coming together under the banner of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh. In 201314, approximately 1,800 acres of land were acquired from about 500 small and marginal farmers for the construction of National Thermal Power Corporation's 3,200megawatt Gadarwara Super Thermal Power Station project. According to a news report, the leader of the Opposition, Ajay Singh, claimed that the farmers were promised INR 18 lakh per acre, along with an annual bonus of INR 30,000 per acre for the next 30 years and that NTPC had agreed to provide employment to at least one family member of the affected farmers, but that none of the promises had been fulfilled. Contrary to the government's claim of successfully finishing the land acquisition, farmers have been claiming that they have been paid INR 3,000,00 less than the agreed amount, according to another report. On January 12, 2018, the farmers submitted a memorandum of demands to the district administration with an ultimatum of 15 days. Following protests, the police arrested 39 farmers and resorted to lathicharge, which only intensified the protests. Meanwhile, NTPC released a statement asserting that the compensation for land acquisition has been fulfilled in accordance with the state guidelines and that a onetime payment has been done in lieu of jobs promised and that it won't address any further demands. Between January 31 and February 4, 2018, the farmers protested again in front of the collectorate with the support of several political leaders. Additionally, they also demanded compensation for crop damages and low market prices of their produce The protests continued at the NTPC site even after the political leaders concluded the protests. In a telephonic conversation, Devnarayan Patil, the leader of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, informed LCW that the demands of the affected farmers are being taken forward as part of the larger movement for farmers' rights and demands. On August 17, 2020, LCW spoke to Ramdayal Rathore, a resident of Narsinghpur who is actively involved in the struggle against the thermal plant. He said that protests are still ongoing. "However, there has been no decision from the government regarding revising the compensation rates," he added.
Demand/Contention of the Affected Community
Demand for more compensation than promised, Complaint against procedural violations, Demand for employment
Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:
Government of Madhya Pradesh
Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:
National Thermal Power Corporation(NTPC)
Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:
Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh
Legislations Involved in the Conflict:
Land Acquisition Laws, Constitutional Law, Case Laws
Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:
Name(s) of Court(s)
High Court of Madhya Pradesh
W.P. No 15681 of 2016
Nature of Protest
Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials , Protests/marches
Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:
Arrest/detention/imprisonment, Lathi charge/tear gas/pellets
Reported Details of the Violation:
In protests held in January 2018, 39 farmers were arrested. The police resorted to lathi-charge to control the crowd, which only intensified the protests.
Date of Violation
Location of Violation
Has the Conflict Ended?
When did it end?
Why did the conflict end?