National Commission to rehabilitate land losers: Sonia

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 16:07

Ghatsila (Jharkhand): The UPA government
has decided to form a National Rehabilitation Commission to
ensure adequate compensation and proper rehabilitation to
people willing to part with their land for development,
Congress president Sonia Gandhi said on Tuesday.

"The commission would ensure that villagers who are
willing to part with their land for development were
compensated adequately and rehabilitated properly," she said.

"We want development but not at the cost of
displacement of tribals," Gandhi said while addressing a
election meeting here in East Singhbhum district in support of
party candidates including JPCC chief Pradip Kumar Balmuchu,
who is seeking re-election from Ghatsila (reserved)
constituency.

Referring to the prevailing Naxal activities, she said
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has already said development
work and law and order machinery will go along simultaneously.

The UPA government was ready for talks with Naxal
outfits to find out an amicable solution to their problems but
they would have to shun violence first, the AICC chief said.

Gandhi said the Congress was committed to development
and maintaining peace so that benefits of various schemes
reach the poor and tribals of the country.

But opposition parties did not have the will power to
carry out development and that was why they indulged in
driving wedges within society on caste, religion and regional
lines to gain political mileage, she said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 16:07

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