Locals from Jaitapur in Konkan who have been at loggerheads with the state government over the proposed 9,900 megawatts (MW) nuclear power plant, will need to give exams to get government jobs.
“This is contrary to what chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has been promising them. The government has kept them in the dark,” Shiv Sena legislator Diwakar Raote said in the legislative council on Monday.
He was reacting to a statement made by Prakash Solanke, minister of state for relief and rehabilitation. Solanke said there was a change in the way persons affected by various projected would be given jobs.
During his trip to Jaitapur, Chavan had promised the locals jobs as per government rules along with other monetary compensation.
“A recent judgment given by the Aurangabad high court said that henceforth all project affected people will be given jobs as per merit through a competitive process and not through the current method. Right now we give jobs as per seniority of the persons, but this new rule has created a huge problem for us,” Solanke said.
Solanke was replying to an issue raised by Sena legislator Parshuram Uparkar over the Tilari dam project in Sindhudurg where people have not been given jobs even 25 years after the project came up.
As per the Maharashtra Project Affected Persons Rehabilitation Act, the state government keeps a priority quota for those affected or nominees of the affected persons in government departments, public sector undertakings, local self government, government-aided institutions, sugar factories, cooperative societies among other places.
“This new rule will mean that people from projects like Jaitapur will not get jobs. How can such a rule exist where they will have to give exams for giving up their land and livelihood?” asked Bharatiya Janata party legislator Vinod Tawde.
Solanke said the government would think about the issue and contemplate approaching the Supreme Court.