Modi’s draconian Land Ordinance – Corporate ka saath, Khaas logon ka Vikas
As the world was bidding adieu to 2014, the NDA Government headed by the 56-inch chest Prime Minister passed an Ordinance that sought to make amendments to the Land Acquisition Act. Originally promulgated by the British in 1894, the Land Acquisition Act came under heavy criticism during the famous Singur agitation by Mamata Banerjee. Using this regressive law, the comrades in Bengal rained atrocities on innocent farmers; NDA’s schemes look no different.
The Land Ordinance has been designed to rob farmers of their land, forcibly take away from poor peasants their only means of livelihood so that the government of Adani and Ambani can rain sops on the corporate world. The debate on the urgency for promulgating an Ordinance aside, the amendments made by Modi Government have rung the death knell for Indian farmers (notwithstanding the fact that only last month, 13 farmers committed suicide in Vidarbha).
Land grabbing without democratic consent is now openly promoted by the Union Government, following a legacy worse than the British. The shameless government has also done away with the provision for social survey. Like a carrot before the donkey, the Finance Minister added a postscript about compensation, more as an afterthought. When it comes to fulfilling promises, we have all seen the track record of U-turn Sarkar in the last seven months.
The biggest worry with this Ordinance is that the Finance Ministry has completely bypassed the Rural Development Ministry in its urge to appease the corporate honchos who sponsored BJP’s multi-billion campaign blitzkrieg. It is not surprising that the President himself questioned the urgency of the Ordinance, before he was forced to sign it.
The Modi Sarkar talks of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas but its actions show otherwise. They seem to be guided by the motto “Corporate ka saath, Khaas logon ka Vikas”.
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