Going by its promise made in the poll manifesto, the Bhupesh Baghel cabinet on Tuesday approved initiating the process to return nearly 2000 hectares of farmers’ land acquired in tribal Bastar region.
The land had been acquired by the CSIDC for the Tata Steel’s proposed mega steel plant project but it could not come up for ‘various reasons’.
It need be mentioned that decision was on the expected lines as Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had directed the officials to prepare a proposal for return of land to farmers and tribals of 10 villages in Louhandiguda region of Bastar district.
He had said that as per party president Rahul Gandhi’s promise, during a public meeting in Bastar, we will return the land.
The project did not come up for several years and the steel giant backed out from the project.
The land has been returned under the provisions of law that mandates return of land to its owners if the project fails to take off for five years after acquisition.>