Government Yet To Deliver on Job Promise to Thandavapura Farmers in Karnataka

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Elizabeth ManiLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

June 10, 2021

Location of Conflict

Thandavapura Chikkayana Chatra


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Farmers of Thandavapura and nearby villages in Nanjangud tehsil in Mysuru have been fighting for the last 10 years against land acquisition by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB), which had acquired 3,000 acres in 2007 for various industrial projects. Of this, the Ministry of Railways had acquired 56 acres of land from KIADB in Thandavapur village in Chikkayana Chhatra, a cluster of adjoining villages in Nanjangudu tehsil, to build a railway goods dumping yard. The government had promised a compensation of INR 21 lakh to the affected farmers in the village and permanent employment to about 500 people from 58 families in the tehsil who had lost their land. Although all the farmers have received compensation, they have not been provided employment. Demanding the jobs, the farmers in Varuna constituency of the district, under the leadership of the Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene, have been protesting against the state government, the KIADB and the Ministry of Railways. They have demanded permanent employment in the Railways in accordance with their qualifications. The railway ministry, however, has refused to entertain them. This has led the farmers to aggravate their agitation. Every day, around 40 farmers take turns to protest. So far, they have not allowed the Railways to start work on its project. The Rajya Raitha Sangha has decided that the farmers will not back off till they are guaranteed permanent employment in the Railways. They had, however, temporarily withdrawn their protest during the Mysuru Dasara celebrations (October 1019) at the request of Abhiram G. Sankar, deputy commissioner of Mysuru. Vidya Sagar, president of Rajya Raitha Sangha, said, the protests will continue until the farmers get permanent employment as was promised.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for employment

Region Classification

Urban and Rural

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

  1. The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Act, 1966

    Section 28

  2. The Railways Act, 1989

    Section 11 and 20A

  3. National Policy on Re-Settlement and Rehabilitation for Project Affected Families, 2003


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Out of Court

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Nature of Protest

Protests/marches, Blockades

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Karnataka Government, Karnataka Industrial Development Board, Ministry of Railways

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Elizabeth Mani

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Elizabeth Mani

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Elizabeth Mani

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