Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Friday said the government would ensure that the project-affected people (PAP) of the Jaitapur power plant were adequately compensated.
Pawar was replying to a query on the government’s efforts in rehabilitating the Jaitapur PAP in the Legislative Council.
The state government had recently indicated that it could provide Rs10 lakh per acre to those affected by the project. However, the rehabilitation policy is still to be finalised. The government’s present laws provide for Rs60,000 per acre as rehabilitation money for that region.
Nearly 2,355 families will be displaced by the project. Pawar said the state had so far compensated nearly 131 people under the Rs60,000-per-acre scheme while the others were still to be given compensation.
“The rehabilitation rules are still being given final shape for the project. We will ensure that people get at least a few lakhs per acre as compensation. People who have been already given compensated will also be provided money as per the new rules,” Pawar said.
The deputy chief minister said people should not worry about the safety of the project as the prime minister himself had assured that security measures of all atomic power plants would be verified.
“People should realise that what happened in Japan
is because of tsunami and not only due to the nuclear plant,” Pawar said.