Rajasthan Government Accepts Community Demands, Builds New School Building

Reported by

Manish TiwariLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

August 31, 2021

Location of Conflict

Chiman Singh Ki Dhani

Barmer

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Mining

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

1152

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

50

ha

Starting Year

2011

State

Rajasthan

Sector

Mining

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/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for compensation, Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources, Demand for promised compensation

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

0.87

Type of investment:

Investment Made

Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

2018

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Central/State Government Policy, Land Acquisition 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:

Non-payment of promised compensation

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:

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

Public campaign

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

Krishna Singh, Block Education Extension Officer, Barmer. He 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.

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Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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Documented By

Manish Tiwari

Reviewed By

Manish Tiwari

Updated By

Manish Tiwari

Edited By

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