This monograph is published by Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad observed large scale acquisition of agricultural lands in India in recent years for Special Economic Zones (SEZs), thermal power plants, irrigation projects etc., have become serious issue of socio-political contestation. Large scale corporate land grab taken place due to big involvement of private sector. In undivided Andhra Pradesh state, land acquisition for irrigation projects and SEZs, industrial and power projects in private sector are major issues of contention. Majority of the land losers are small and medium farmers, and tribals whose livelihoods are adversely affected. Widespread resistance occurred against forced acquisition of agricultural lands. This study was conducted during 2010-11, after which Parliament enacted LARR Act 2013, and the state of Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated, formed Telangana state since 2 June 2014. It made sincere attempt to analyse the land laws and administration, assignment of lands, land acquisition, resettlement & rehabilitation policies etc., in AP. It also examined two case studies - Kakinada SEZ and Polavaram project - to examine the issues of forced land acquisition and resistance.
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The Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) was established as an autonomous research Centre in 1980. Appreciating its role in the promotion of research and training, the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, recognized it as a national institute in the year 1986 and included the Centre in its network of institutions.
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