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DLF-KMDA publishes a booklet detailing rehabilitation package

What Tata Motors had failed to do for Singur, DLF-KMDA consortium has done it already for its Dankuni mega project, reports Romita Datta.
By Romita Datta | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2007 08:16 PM IST

What Tata Motors had failed to do for Singur, DLF-KMDA consortium has done it already for its Dankuni mega project.

The Consortium has published a booklet, detailing the rehabilitation and resettlement package, in absolute black and white, for the displaced and the land-losers.

The DLF has guaranteed "atleast one livelihood option" per displaced family (losing homestead), it has also assured 100% settlement of families, becoming homeless.

The booklet would also come in handy to counter the false rumours doing the rounds from some quarters to resist the project. The District Intelligence Branch (DIB) has supplied information that both Siddiquilla Chowdhury and Krishi Jami Banchao Committee are organising meetings and processions and influencing people to resist acquisition and stand by their land. The booklet would bean attempt to defy the rumours.

The booklet has clearly mentioned that the project would create 4.30 lakh new jobs (1.98 lakh jobs directly and 2.30 lakh jobs indirectly). The project would create 69 crore man-days of development linked employment and sustainable jobs.

On displacement, the booklet assures that "displacement would be kept to the minimum." There is promise of 100% settlement of displaced families (losing their homesteads) in flats at a subsidized cost. No such assurance of 100% resettlement has come from the Tatas.

The housing colonies, where they would be sheltered, would have fully-equipped 1-bed dispensary, self-sufficient community centre, retail facilities and community halls. For BPL families a standard BSUP flat of 25 square-meter size or two cottahs of land would be provided, absolutely free of cost.

The DLF’s project is also taking responsibility of 100% sponsorship of tuition fees for school going children of the land-losers till class X, especially those losing homesteads. Not only this, the developer would sponsor special coaching to budding sports persons from the displaced families.

Moreover, sponsorship of job-oriented ITI course for one member of each displaced family and arrangement of kiosks in cluster centres, awarding jobs in administrative posts and township construction activities and creating industrial employment opportunities through vocational training are on the anvil.

The Tatas are coming up with an automobile training institute and are providing training to make the eligible land-losers employable, but there is no provision of bearing responsibility of education.

The KMDA is compensating the bargadars with 50%to 75% of the total earnings of three years crop output. Whereas Singur bargadars are getting one time compensation of 25% of the cost of land.

For the daily labourers there will be a whole range of career options - administration and peons, security guards, newspaper vendors, vegetable vendors, milk distributors, drivers, carpenters, masons, apart from being employed in building roads, watersupply.

Dankuni, where this project would come up is primarily a low-lying marshy land of hogla. While 85% land has been identified as unproductive, meetings and street-side campaigns by some groups have established that the land is double crop and sometimes multicrop.

While KMDA has assured that all habitations, homesteads, social centres like school, temples and graveyards would not be dislocated and at best would be integrated with the main project, rumours are that temples, mosques would be razed down.

In an exercise to defy such rumours, the KMDA is considering supplying the booklet almost door-to-door.

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