Barmer has been at the centre of public attention since 2005 when oil, gas and lignite reserves were identified in the region. Land prices here have suddenly soared. As acquisition of land for development projects and mining activities increased, in 2011, Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Limited (RSMML) acquired a government school at Chiman Singh ki Dhani in Barmar district, running in full swing with about 240 students. RSMML has promised to construct another school in the vicinity for the children of this school at a cost of Rs 87 lakhs. However, non release of funds from the RSMML has resulted in a tussle between the Public Works Department, implementing agency for the construction of promised school, and the RSMML, has stalled work. The School officials and families of the children in the region have led a public campaign and held protest demonstrations demanding for the construction of school in alternative area. In the 201617 Annual report of the RSMML, the public sector unit has stated an expenditure of Rs 87 lakh for the construction of the school in compensation against the acquired school land. Krishna Singh, Block Education Extension Officer, Barmer said that the PWD, after receiving funds from RSMML, had constructed the school and the Government Primary School Chiman Singh ki Dhani has been functional from 2018.
Demand for compensation, Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources, Demand for promised compensation
Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)
Has the Conflict Ended?
When did it end?
Why did the conflict end?
Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict
Central/State Government Policy, Land Acquisition Laws
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:
Non-payment of promised compensation
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)
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:
The RSMML had acquired the Primary School building at Chimansingh ki Dhani in Barmer district under the Sonadi Lignite Project. The RSMML had proposed to build the primary schools at an alternative place and provide a financial support of 87 lakhs in 2011-12. In these five years the enrollment of the schools (now running in huts) has declined from 140 to just 40 and there has been no alternative arrangement made till date by the RSMML as proposed by it. This is a major violation of the Right to Education of these children.
Date of Violation
Location of Violation
Nature of Protest
Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:
Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Limited (RSMML), Public Works Department
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?
Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached
Other Parties Involved in the Conflict: