By Amnesty International India,
Imagine that the most valuable thing you have is a square of ground that youâ€™ve built your house on. Itâ€™s a square that you and your entire family depend on, but you may not have the papers for. In the courtyard is a well that youâ€™ve dug, a cattle shed for your livestock and a patch of land that you till to meet your familyâ€™s needs. One day, you walk to the local store and hear someone whispering that thereâ€™s an industrial project coming up near your land. Whatever you learn, you learn from rumours, until land agents start arriving in your village. Some people receive money for parts of their land, some receive plots, but you receive nothing and have no opportunities to voice your concerns.
One day, you wake up at dawn and find bulldozers at your door.
Sounds terrifying? For decades, this has been the story of many across India. Approximately 60 million people are estimated to have been displaced by development projects between 1947 and 2000. Only 29% of these people have been properly rehabilitated and compensated.
The Land Acquisition Act of 2013 was a step forward to undo this injustice. But the government now wants to pass a Bill that does away with some of the Actâ€™s most important features, and affects many of your human rights.
Why Participate Now
The government has invited public comments on this Bill that could threaten the human rights of millions of people in India.
The deadline for submitting responses, though, is not too far away- 14 June – and the process is not accessible to many communities.
Your letters can help bring about a change. Join us in asking the Joint Parliamentary Committee examining the #landbill to reconsider these amendments and open the Bill for wider public consultation.
Please enter your email address. Once you hit send, your email will reach the Joint Secretaryâ€™s inbox. To Sign Petition, click here.
To read Amnesty International Indiaâ€™s submission to the Committee, clickÂ here.