Jindal Group Returns Land to West Bengal Government, Land Losers Demand Jobs

Reported by

Mitali Biswas

Published on

August 3, 2017

August 3, 2017

Updated on

August 3, 2017

Location of Conflict

Salboni

Paschim Medinipur

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Special Economic Zones (SEZ)

Cement plant, steel plant, solar plant

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People Affected by Conflict

485

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

119

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Starting Year

2006

State

West Bengal

Sector

Infrastructure

In 2006, Jindal group proposed to set up a few industries in Salboni village in Medinipur district. These industries, including a steel plant, thermal power plant, solar power plant and cement plant, were to come up on the 4,877.44 acres of land. Of this, 4,200 acres were provided by the Animal Welfare Board of the state government. Jindal Group purchased 294 acres of land from 485 farmers. In 2008, the government declared the area as a special economic zone. Of the the 294 acres, about 100 acres belong to tribespeople. According to Section 14B of the West Bengal Land Reforms Act of 1955, land tradiationally belonging to the indigenous people cannot be transferred to non-tribals. It is alleged that the company forcefully acquired this land from them. Some forestland was also acquired for the project, although there is no official confirmation of how much, with conflicting claims in the media. It is alleged that the forestland was acquired without the consent of village panchayat, which is a violation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006. While farmers received a compensation of INR 3 lakhs per acre of land, land labourers were not taken into consideration. In July 2014, at a public event, Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee gave an ultimatum to the company to pay compensation to all those who had lost land. In December 2014, the Jindal Group chairman said that the company had put the INR 35,000-crore project on hold over the uncertainty of raw material linkages. In 2017, the company announced that it would require only 1,500 acres of land and would like to return the remaining land to the state government, which will then distribute the land back to the families from whom it was acquired. Meanwhile, the company had promised to offer jobs to all 485 farmers from whom it had acquired the land, but only 300 of them were employed by the company. The affected farmers have demanded that in addition to returning the unused land, Jindal Group will also have to provide permanent jobs and compensation to all the people who gave up their land in the first place. As of 2020, JSW group is also seeking to expand its cement plant at Salboni.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for promised land

Demand for promised compensation

Demand for rehabilitation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

35000

Type of investment:

Investment Made

Year of Estimation

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

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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:

No items found.

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Development of a network or collective

Public campaign

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Leftfront goverment, and TMC goverment

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Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

JSW Group, JSW Steel Limited

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