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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

CM piles heat on Central team

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today accused the Central ministers? team that visited the Narmada valley on April 6 of messing up the rehabilitation process of the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) oustees.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2006 13:03 IST
HT Correspondent
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CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today accused the Central ministers’ team that visited the Narmada valley on April 6 of messing up the rehabilitation process of the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) oustees.

“Earlier, 200 to 300 affected families had been buying land but after the ministers’ visit the number came down to 20 to 30 because of the confusion created in the people’s minds”, he alleged while talking to newspersons here at his residence today.

Chouhan said he would meet Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and apprise him of the real situation. On Medha Patkar’s agitation, Singh said if anybody is in the habit of launching agitations he could do nothing about it.

Expressing confidence about completion of rehabilitation work within the stipulated time, the CM informed about his plan to visit the sites soon. The Supreme Court has warned the Centre to ensure rehabilitation of the SSP oustees before August next or else construction on raising height of the dam could be stopped.

The CM wondered how the Central team could assess rehabilitation of 24,000 families within a few hours. “In fact, they (the ministers) gathered people at one place, made speeches and later presented a report to the PM which had several anomalies”, he alleged.

He said when an elected government was already there in the State there was no need to send the Central ministers’ team.
The Chief Minister also decried the fact that the team did not talk to him even once after the visit about any irregularities in the rehabilitation process.

“They should have spoken to me, as well as the retired Justice, who is heading the  tribunal constituted to look into the grievances with regard to rehabilitation”, he said. 

Giving official status of the rehabilitation, the CM said out of 86 rehabilitation sites, work had been almost completed on 75 sites.

Madhya Pradesh has 24,421 families in 177 villages affected by the dam. Out of them, 5,456 families have decided to live in Gujarat and rest in MP. Tribal people account for 35 per cent and Scheduled Castes 10 per cent of the affected families, according to the CM.

The families whose more than 25 per cent of agriculture land is under submergence are eligible for land in lieu of land and their number is 4,286. Out of these families, 3879 have opted for special rehabilitation package and remaining 407 families have been allotted land against their land affected by the dam.

If these families did not want the land allotted to them they could opt for another land, he added. Chouhan said the government has disbursed Rs 435.90 crore among the 24,421 families against the compensation. 

About charges of corruption by the officials in disbursement of rehabilitation amount, the Chief Minister said the government would take serious note of such complaints.


1 MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan accused Soz and other ministers of creating confusion among the oustees

2 Soz rejected the allegations and said he was not biased in referring the issue to the PM

First Published: Apr 20, 2006 13:03 IST