Sikkim University Campus Hits Roadblock, Displaced Families Allege Irregularities in Compensation, Employment

Reported by

Anuradha Thapa

Published on

June 24, 2017

June 24, 2017

Updated on

June 24, 2017

Location of Conflict

Yangyang

South Sikkim

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Education

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People Affected by Conflict

200

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

121

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Starting Year

2013

State

Sikkim

Sector

Infrastructure

Sikkim University was established on July 2, 2007, but it did not have a permanent campus of its own. In 2008, the university paid INR 15 crore to the state government to acquire around 300 acres of land at Yangyang in south Sikkim to build a campus. In addition to being offered employment in the university and resettlement in _pucca _houses, the displaced individuals were to be paid compensation for the land acquisition, which was to be paid in three phases. The award of compensation was mired in controversy. It was claimed that the individuals who were paid in the first two phases belonged to financially sound backgrounds and had political connections, while those who were paid in the third phase received a lesser amount than those in the first two phases. On July 27, 2013, the state government provided plots of land to 74 families and served an eviction notice on July 30, directing them to move in 15 days. The residents, however, claimed that the land given was too small to cultivate. The recruitment process too was allegedly ridden with intentional irregularities to keep the affected people in the dark. While the university refuted claims of promised employment, it allegedly did not advertise recruitment in the nonteaching category widely enough for the affected individuals to apply. The residents of Yangyang claimed they were unaware of vacancies being announced and filled. In 2012, the Sikkim University Development Committee, an organisation of affected Yangyang landowners, decided to challenge the recruitment process using the Right to Information Act. The move, however, was not fruitful. When the case was eventually taken to court, a fixed amount of compensation was set, which was much below than what was offered in the first two phases. Meanwhile, the Sikkim University Students' Association has been demanding immediate construction of the university campus. In April 2018, it organised a pendown protest reiterating its demand. The protest was eventually called off after Sikkim University authorities submitted a written assurance of constructing the campus within three years. While the state claims to have completed the compensation process, the affected families are far from satisfied with what they have been compensated with.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for more compensation than promised

Demand for employment

Complaint against procedural violations

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

1600

Type of investment:

Investment Expected

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, Other, Constitutional Law

Legislations/Policies Involved

Land Acquisition Act, 1894
Section 9: [Notice of the land acquisition, as well as notifying that claims of compensation may be made to the Collector]; Section 11: [Determination of the award by the Collector; the compensation should take into account area of the land, and the collector's opinion of amount payable]
Sikkim Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants and Rent Recovery) Act, 1980
Section 4: [Notice to show cause against the order of eviction]
Constitution of India, 1950
Article 14 [Right to equality and protection from arbitrary actions by the state]
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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:

Controversial land acquisition by the government

Forced evictions/dispossession of land

Incorrect estimation of compensation

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Pending

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)

High Court of Sikkim

Case Number

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

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:

Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Sports and Youth Affairs 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:

Sikkim University and State Governent

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Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

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