New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Centre on a petition seeking amendment in the “outdated” Land Acquisition Act, 1894, which it alleged was being used “arbitrarily” against farmers to grab their land. Petitioner P. Pullarao, an economist from Andhra Pradesh, moved the commission alleging that in the past three years, many acres of land have been acquired under the Act, displacing more than one crore farmers across the country in the name of development.
“No explanation is being given by the state governments or officials. Farmers are thrown away from their villages without ensuring them any proper rehabilitation,” he said. Pointing out “flaws” in the current land acquisition procedure, he said, “The district collector issues a notification of land acquisition. It is then followed by revenue officials giving notice of vacation from the property.” While drawing the commission’s attention to the various provisions under special economic zones, which does not allow any public hearing on the issue of land acquisitions, Pullarao said it amounts to human rights violation.