?Oustees getting justice?
NVDA Commissioner Vinod Kumar said the oustees? lifestyle would improve when they move to rehabilitation sites as they are well planned and better equipped with civic infrastructure facilities. ??The premise that only qualified people know how to lead good life is wrong.india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 16:26 IST
NVDA Commissioner Vinod Kumar said the oustees’ lifestyle would improve when they move to rehabilitation sites as they are well planned and better equipped with civic infrastructure facilities. ‘‘The premise that only qualified people know how to lead good life is wrong.
The tribals are not living in primitive era. They have common sense and intelligence to decide what kind of life they want to lead. One or more members of their family are working in cities, so they know about city and village life. The social change, therefore, is already in place.
It was up to them to protect their cultural identity, Government is not disturbing their heritage. Our job is to provide them land, house plots with developed civic infrastructure and compensation and that we are doing well.”
On cash compensation he said, ‘‘we are holding motivation camps to ask PAFs to use their compensation money judiciously and buy land of their choice if they don’t like government land. Of 3878 tribals, 1415 have bought land of their choice.
Others who have got cash compensation are waiting for the opportune time to purchase land when the land prices will stabilise. It is painful to be uprooted from ancestral place but we’re telling them it is for national interest and their betterment. And they have accepted it. Every PAF is getting equal or much more in compensation.”
He said those who were saying that large number of PAFs have been devoid of compensation should come out with their names and supporting documents. ‘‘Mere allegations won’t serve purpose. Technology is so advanced that large dams are no longer a threat. All precautionary measures have been taken to avoid natural disaster for SSP.’’
Meanwhile, NCA Director (rehabilitation) Dr Afroz Ahmed said, “Rehabilitation is not mere settling people from one place to another. Rehabilitation policy has incorporated social, economic, cultural and religious factors but this plan will come into force only when PAFs shift to new locations.”