March 19, 2017
March 19, 2017
March 19, 2017
Chak Baranj, Kesurli Kodhali, Somnala, Bonthala villages
This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District
This is A Schedule Five District
Karnataka Emta Coal Mines Limited (KECML) is a subsidiary company of Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL), which has a partnership with the Eastern Minerals & Trading Agency (EMTA), West Bengal. In 2008, KECL acquired 1457.2 hectares of land spread across seven villages in Chandrapur district for coal mining. The project was estimated to affect 1,519 families.
In August 2014, the Supreme Court cancelled all allocations of private captive mines across India after the Coalgate Scam. Even as coal blocks were reallocated to KPCL from April 1, 2015, the earlier deallocation of coal blocks had negated the agreement between KPCL and EMTA, which led to the dissolution of the joint venture KECML. This rendered jobless 158 projectaffected workers, 51 local workers and 208 employees of EMTA. KPCL, which assumed full control over the erstwhile EMTA coal mine after the reallocation of coal blocks, attempted to sack over 400 workers of the mine. However, the affected people allege that they have not been provided proper rehabilitation nor they have been given the promised jobs after their land was acquired. They say the jobs provided were contractual in nature, with wages ranging from INR 4,0008,000 per month.
According to local activists, KECML is supposed to eventually resettle the entire village, but no proposal for resettlement has been put forward by the company yet. With no agricultural land, residents are struggling to earn a livelihood. The Rashtriya Koyla Kamgar Sangharsh Manch filed a plea with the assistant labour commissioner against KECML and warned of a strong agitation if it did not reinstate the workers.
As of February 2020, the mine remains abandoned after KPCL was unable to find a new operator even as the affected people await rehabilitation.
Demand for rehabilitation
Demand for promised compensation
Demand for employment
Opposition against environmental degradation
Forest and Non-Forest
Total investment involved (in Crores):
Type of investment:
Cost of Project
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
Land Acquisition Laws, Forest and Scheduled Area Governance Laws, Other, Central/State Government Policy
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 compensation/promised compensation
Non-rehabilitation of displaced people
Out of Court
Status of Case In Court
Whether any adjudicatory body was approached
What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?
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
Reported Details of the Violation:
Date of Violation
Location of Violation
Nature of Protest
Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials
Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:
Ministry of Coal
PSUs Involved in the Conflict:
Karnataka Power Corporation Limited
Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?
Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached
Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:
Eastern Minerals & Trading Agency
Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?
Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:
Rashtriya Koyla Kamgar Sangharsh Manch