Saturday, July 23, 2011

State may emulate Haryana model of R&R

BHUBANESWAR: Even though the implementation of Forest Rights Act (FRA) in the State has drawn flak for irregularities in big ticket investments like Posco and Vedanta, Orissa is among the top States in the country in its implementation.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday reviewed its implementation and directed the officials to settle claims under the FRA quickly and in a transparent manner.The State Government is also working towards a people-friendly land acquisition policy following strong opposition by locals to almost all the projects. Revenue Minister Surjya Narayan Patro told TNIE that the Government is planning to introduce a provision of annuity for landlosers by amending its resettlement and rehabilitation (R R) policy, 2006 to overcome difficulty in acquiring land for industries.The Government might adopt the Haryana model of R R where landlosers will get some amount every year, besides compensation for their land. The Chief Minister has set up a committee, headed by the Chief Secretary, to submit details on the proposal.Patro said ` 30,000 would be paid to landlosers annually per acre of land. The annuity will be paid to a land loser for 33 years. There is also a proposal that irrigated land cannot be acquired for industries by the Government. A decision will be taken after the committee submits its report, Patro said.Meanwhile, sources said so far 2,74,653 individual cases have been settled under the FRA. The beneficiaries were covered under Indira Awas, Mo Kudia, Mo Pokhari, Horticulture Mission, Bamboo Mission and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) under FRA.The district level committees (DLCs) had approved 2,85,653 applications for pattas. These include 17,007 persons from the primitive tribal groups (PTGs). The PTGs have been handed over 4,36,221 acres of land. The Chief Minister on Friday directed the officials to settle the claims of all the PTGs as their population in Orissa is only 18,454.


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