SC issues notices to Centre, 7 states on plea seeking return of unused land to farmers

By | January 10, 2017

The Supreme Court asked the Centre and a clutch of state governments on Monday to submit their responses to a PIL (public interest litigation) seeking return of 90% of the 4,842 hectares of land to farmers, which was acquired for setting up of special economic zones (SEZs) but has been lying unused.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, sought response from the Centre, AP , Maharashtra, Karnataka, TN, WB and Punjab on a petition filed by AP-based NGO `SEZ Farmers Protection & Welfare Association’. In AP alone, the government had acquired 2,048 hectares for SEZ purposes but only 4.13 hectares has been utilized.

Source: Economic Times