In a meeting held in Ranchi on Monday,the JMM has decided to oppose the ordinance saying it was meant to provide poor farmers’ land to ’22 Gharanas’.”We will oranise and lead agitation against the ordinance”,said the JMM.
The meeting was chaired by its President Shibu Soren and its members and leaders including ex CM Hemant Soren.
As it is,the ordinance has exempted several categories of projects from the requirements of owners’ consent and social impact assessment before acquiring land.
In fact,norms are yet to be worked out to ensure that only the bare minimum of the land required is acquired.However,the ordinance has excluded private hospitals, educational institutions and hotels from the category of infrastructure projects.
Under the ordinance, public-private projects in the social and commercial infrastructure category will include private hospitals and educational institutions. All these projects will now be exempt from the social impact assessment to scrutinise the social costs and benefits of projects.
In any case,the assessment will have to ensure if the projects serve a public purpose and that the land cquired is of the bare minimum and estimate the number of affected families.