Maoists are born because of govt attitude: Court
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 12, 2010, 19:40
Mumbai: Government's apathetic attitude towards the problems of project-affected people breeds Maoists, the Bombay High Court remarked Thursday.

The division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C Dharmadhikari was hearing a PIL filed by one Baban Kadam, on behalf of those farmers who lost their lands to the Chaskaman dam, situated in Pune district.

Petition contends that despite a scheme to allot alternate land, 90 per cent of around 3000 project-affected families haven't got land.

"Maoists and Naxalites are born because of this kind of attitude," an angry bench remarked, seeking reply from the state government.

Government's contention is that people haven't come forward to take advantage of the scheme, under which a person may get alternate land if he deposits 65 per cent of the cost of land with government within 45 days of land acquisition.

But advocate Shakuntala Wadekar, for the petitioner, said that most people in this tribal area were "100 per cent illiterate" and were not aware of the scheme when their own lands were acquired.

The division bench remarked that three decades have passed after land acquisition began in 1976. "You must reach out to people. You must not expect them to come to you," the judges said.

The court asked state to file affidavit, seeking information as to how many project affected families got alternate land, and how relief could be given to the rest.

Advocate Wadekar said that government is supposed to maintain a register of project-affected persons, but it has not been updated in this case.

Many names are missing from it, she said.


First Published: Thursday, August 12, 2010, 19:40

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