Shifting of Sardar Sarovar affected villages speeded up

261 families of Alirajpur district shifted till date

Bhopal, July 18, 2017 (Ataullah Faizan):  Shifting of families of Sardar Sarovar Dam affected villages has been speeded up. Several families from Alirajpur, Dhar and Badwani districts have already been shifted and some are being shifted in the ensuing few days. 261 families from Alirajpur district have been shifted. It may be mentioned that free transport facility is being provided to the affected families. An amount of Rs. 5 thousand is given as transport expenses to families which are shifting their household items with their own means of transport. A total of 177 villages of Alirajpur, Dhar, Badwani and Khargone of Madhya Pradesh are partially affected by Sardar Sarovar Dam. In compliance of the Supreme Court’s directives issued on February 8, an amount of Rs. 60 lakh and Rs. 15 lakh is being given to affected farmers’ families as per their entitlement. Registration charges on purchase of agriculture land by displaced families with package amount are borne by the government. The families which have taken the package amount are being shifted now. The Supreme Court has fixed the shifting time limit till July 31, 2017. A total of 78 places for rehabilitation have been developed in affected district for displaced families. Besides all the basic amenities at rehabilitation site, a plot size 90×60 square feet has been provided free to the displaced each family. An option of Rs. 50 thousand in place of plot has also been given to the those families who have not accepted plots . Several families have already constructed houses at rehabilitation site and several families are constructing houses.

Also, temporary camp arrangements have been made by the administration for displaced families. According to the policy, a rehabilitation grant of Rs. 18 thousand 700 has been given to the affected landless farm labourer families, scheduled caste, tribe, small and marginal farmers. Moreover, a sum of Rs. 9 thousand 350 has been given as rehabilitation grant to other kind of labourer and landless families.

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