Joint Statement of Political Parties, People's Organisations & Individuals on the Deocha-Pachami Coal Mine Project

The coercive manner in which land is being acquired for the Deocha-Pachami coal mine project in West Bengal's Birbhum district is flawed and illegal. Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 lays down elaborate processes of Social Impact Assessment, public hearings of the project affected persons and assessment of the project by expert committee, none of which have been conducted transparently.