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Bhumi Adhikar Andolan to organise public hearing on proposed amendments to Land Acquisition Act
A public hearing is being organised by the Bhumi Adhikar Andolan on 23rd of July on the proposed amendments to the Land Acquisition Act and the issue of land rights in India.
Bhumi Adhikar Andolan, (an alliance of grass root movements struggling for land rights across the country)  was formed in April 2015 after repeated attempts by the NDA to amend the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act and has been raising its voice constantly against the undemocratic  processes that are being undertaken by the government.

The Land Ordinance has been tabled in the parliament again and again with the hope of getting it cleared but that has not happened till now. A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) was hence formed in May for wider consultative processes with various stakeholders and prepare a report and present it to the Parliament. 

The public hearing will be joined by representatives of people's movements, trade and farmer unions and political parties. Many members of the JPC have also confirmed their presence.

Leaders from people's movements like Medha Patkar (Narmada Bachao Andolan), Hannan Mollah (All India Kisan Sabha, Canning Lane), Atul Anjan (All India Kisan Sabha, Ajoy Bhawan), Ulka Mahajan(Sarvahara Jan Andolan), Alok Shukla (Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan), M.S. Selvaraj (VTMS) will be present along with other prominent members of civil society. 

The Public hearing will be crucial in terms of bringing the JPCs attention to people's objections, suggestions and recommendations to the proposed amendments.

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