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NHRC for package to locals displaced by land acquisitions

Noting that land acquisitions for development projects result in "displacement of locals", the NHRC has suggested that there should be a suitable "package" to ensure that such oustees are taken care of.



New Delhi: Noting that land acquisitions for
development projects result in "displacement of locals", the
NHRC has suggested that there should be a suitable "package"
to ensure that such oustees are taken care of.

"The government in the name of development do so much of
violation of human rights. To some extent, it is correct to
say that tribals are displaced and they are not given adequate
employment opportunities. That is why some people want to
abolish this land acquisition (law)," NHRC chairman Justice K
G Balakrishnan said in an interview here.

Balakrishnan observed that tribals are affected by the
acquisition of their land as they depend on them for their
livelihood.

"Whenever some 1000 acres or 4000 acres of land are
acquired, there should be a package for giving employment and
other benefits to the displaced," he said.

Citing a Supreme Court judgement in this context, Justice
Balakrishnan, without taking the name of the parties involved
in the case, said the apex Court granted permission for
bauxite mining while directing that at least 50-55 per cent
employees should be tribals in the project.

"It (Supreme Court) also said that there should be
schools, healthcare and all the other facilities be provided
by the persons who indulge in mining," he added.

Asked on reports that certain NGOs and right activists
were raising the voice in sympathy with left-wing extremists,
Balakrishnan said "no importance is given by the state
governments" to those displaced by the development projects
and "that is why so many people are pleading not for
extremists, but the tribals rights."

Many NGOs are working to help the NHRC in its mission
apart from various State Human Rights Commissions, he said.

When asked whether NHRC has any role to play to protect
tribals` rights amid such circumstances, he said, "yes, NHRC
has its role. We do consider complaints and take suitable
actions."

To whatever extent possible, NHRC will try to solve the
problems and give suggestions to the authorities concerned for
a smooth and good governance in the country, he said.

Balakrishnan noted that there are many challenges before
the Commission. "There are a lot of problems in the society
because of India being a vast country with large number of
people with different ethnicity, different stratification."

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