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Crash course for 50 SSP teams today

NATIONAL SAMPLE Survey Organisation (NSSO) will impart one-day training to members of the 50 teams constituted under Sardar Sarovar Project Relief and Rehabilitation Oversight Group at Shri Govindram Sakseria Institute of Technology and Science (SGSITS) tomorrow between 10 am to 6 pm.

india Updated: May 21, 2006 14:25 IST

NATIONAL SAMPLE Survey Organisation (NSSO) will impart one-day training to members of the 50 teams constituted under Sardar Sarovar Project Relief and Rehabilitation Oversight Group at Shri Govindram Sakseria Institute of Technology and Science (SGSITS) tomorrow between 10 am to 6 pm.

NSSO Director General K V Rao will also be present during the crash course session. After the day-long training, the teams will leave for the SSP affected sites to assess the ground realities.

Every three-member NSSO team would include a revenue official of Narmada Valley Development Authority. The teams would be imparted training on how to collect information about the rehabilitation status of SSP oustees.

They would be given a questionnaire drafted by Narmada Control Authority (NCA) to conduct investigations. The teams would undertake fieldwork, process the data and enumerate particulars of non-listed persons who claim to be oustees. NCA will set up a control cell here to process the data.

The Oversight Group headed by retired Comptroller and Auditor General of India V K Shunglu will also visit few villages after June 15. The Group’s two members - former Jawaharlal Nehru University vice-chancellor G K Chaddha and Loksatta convener Dr Jaiprakash Narayan - will accompany him.

Besides ascertaining the State Government’s report on the number of Project Affected Families (PAFs) with regard to rehabilitation and resettlement, the Oversight Group will recommend a system to ensure that all families affected by the dam height of 121.92 meters receive the benefit of relief and rehabilitation package as per norms laid down by Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal Award, Supreme Court and Grievance Redressal Authority within three months.

The Oversight Group will submit its report to the Prime Minister through Minister of Water Resources by June-end. In addition to 50 teams, Ministry of Water Resources will send four teams to visit rehabilitation sites to report on the development.

The Supreme Court, in its order issued on May 9, had asked Prime Minister to take decision by July 3 and place it on record along with requisite material by July 6. The deployment of 50 teams is a major exercise launched by the Union Government to crosscheck the State Government’s claims on rehabilitation.

A month ago, three Union Ministers had visited the affected areas (three districts in one day) and submitted a report to the Prime Minister. State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had condemned the visit as inconsequential, stating that situation could not be assessed in 24 hours.

Since the matter is before SC, the Congress-led Union Government is serious about its findings and is reluctant to rely on the BJP-led MP Government’s inputs. As a result, it has commissioned technically inclined NSSO to ensure an independent survey.