Farmers Protest Against GIDC in Gujarat, Demand Promised Jobs, Compensation

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Aditi PatilLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

June 23, 2021

Location of Conflict

Dahej

Bharuch

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Industry

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People Affected by Conflict

4000

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

2700

ha

Starting Year

2008

State

Gujarat

Sector

Industry

On October 10, 2017, hundreds of farmers protested against the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) for failing to fulfil its commitment after it acquired land in villages nine years ago near Dhahej in Bhruch. They blocked the BharuchDahej road, disrupting road traffic for several hours. The farmers demanded employment for those who lost their land when the GIDC was set up by the government as well as for the local people Discussion was initiated, and the farmers were sent back, but no action has been taken since. The protest lasted only for a day and normal traffic resumed on the BharuchDahej after over five hours. The land acquisition itself was strongly opposed and resisted for a while before the farmers had to let their lands go. However, today, apart from the demand to be compensated, the farmers are also open to getting their land back from the GIDC. This particularly came about when, in September 2016, the Supreme Court set a precedent by ordering the handover of governmentacquired Tata Nano land back to the owners owing to governmentcorporate conspiracies that involved the former acquiring land for the benefit of the latter. Meanwhile, the GIDC has allotted its land to industrial estates. As of April 2021, it imposed a 15 per cent increase in allotment prices, surprising and earning criticisms from industry associations. The move is likely to hamper economic growth and investments, which are the primary objectives of the project, while keeping the displaced farmers uncompensated.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for employment, Demand for promised compensation

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

1037.88

Type of investment:

Investment Made

Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws, Case Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

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:

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

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?

Reported Details of the Violation:

Bharatiya Janata Party

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Blockades

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation

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Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

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Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

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Aditi Patil

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Aditi Patil

Updated By

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