Jamshedpur; On Wednesday, Ichagarh MLA Savita Mahto met Chief Minister Hemant Soren at Project Bhawan in Ranchi to solve the problem of displaced people in Chandil Dam under Seraikela-Kharsawan district of Jharkhand. The MLA told the Chief Minister that the land acquisition of 116 villages in full and part of Chandil Dam has been completed till the year 2001, but the problem of rehabilitation remains the same.

MLA Savita Mahto told CM Soren that till the rehabilitated people of Chandil Dam are not rehabilitated, the water storage capacity in Chandil Dam should be kept up to 180 meters only. Recognition of the development booklet by the Water Resources Department is scheduled by March 2022, while full rehabilitation facilities are yet to be provided to the displaced families affected by the Chandil Dam.

He also demanded extension of the development booklet till March 2028. A permanent administrator should be posted in the Subarnarekha project soon. Giving assurance in this matter, the Chief Minister said that the problems of the displaced will be resolved soon. During this, JMM’s central member Rajiv Kumar Mahto Kablu was also present there.

MLA Savita Mahto said that many issues were discussed in the meeting with the CM regarding the displaced people of Swarnrekha. He told the Chief Minister that only 116 villages were to be provided rehabilitation facilities, complete arrangements for land acquisition were to be made, which are still pending. People will get justice if the rehabilitation policy is followed in letter and spirit. Certificates have been given to 300 young men and women who have received industrial training from IDTR. They should be appointed in industrial establishments on the basis of their preference.

As per the agreement, the project’s water industrial institutions are being put into practice. Arrangements were made for complete facilities and beautification at the resettlement site, so that the displaced could be settled on the vacant plot. Those who are inhabited, after checking those places, they were asked to issue residential papers. Instructions should be issued to start the government works which are lying closed in the submerged area.

Under the Rehabilitation Policy, employment has been given to the displaced members of about 700 families under the Swarnrekha project, while according to the provision provided in the revised rehabilitation policy, the eligible person of each family was to be employed. Due to the laxity of the department, the planning process is pending.

Due to lack of employment, the displaced people of the submerged area are wandering. Action should be taken to appoint eligible members of displaced families on vacant posts at the project level. Along with this, in the planning at the district level, the displaced family members were given the benefit of reservation on priority basis and demanded to be reinstated.

(Agencies)