Dola Sen makes a Zero Hour Mention on compensation for Sardar Sarovar Project

Deputy Chairman Sir, my subject today is regarding families affected by the Sardar Sarovar project; many of whom are Adivasis. Sir, as of today, many families affected by the project are still residing in the submerged areas spread over 214 sq km. Many schools, dispensaries, dharamshalas, ration shops, temples, mosques and other public amenities, cultural and market centres, shops and panchayats are yet to be shifted from the submerged areas to new sites.

Many families from Madhya Pradesh who were declared affected in the 1980s have been excluded from the backwater-affected category. Most of their properties have already been acquired and transferred in the name of the Narmada project authority. Not only that, a number of affected Adivasi families from Maharashtra are also yet to get any or all of the agricultural lands, house plots allotted with titles and amenities in place of the RR (remediation and redevelopment) sites in their possession and are yet to shift to new sites. Thousands of the Sardar Sarovar Dam-affected families from hamlets in Madhya Pradesh, including fishermen, porters, labourers, shopkeepers and artisans have reportedly not been granted rehabilitation benefits.

It is also ironical that no concrete action has been taken against middlemen and officials who are held responsible for more than 1,500 fake sale deeds and against the massive corruption in other aspects of rehabilitation. Their offences have been recorded by the Justice Jha Commission after a seven year-long enquiry.

Sir, an alarming fact is that a huge amount of water from the Sardar Sarovar Reservoir has been allocated to a Coca-Cola factory and to car industries like Nano and Ford, depriving the people – living in vast municipal areas of Gujarat, particularly in Kutch and Saurashtra – from adequate drinking water,. I demand that a White Paper be published regarding the Sardar Sarovar Project. Thank you, Sir.

WB Govt’s refugee rehabilitation project in Bonhooghly

The West Bengal Government inaugurated a set of flats as part of its refugee rehabilitation project on Sunday, by handing over the keys to the first lot of 64 flats to refugee families that had crossed over from Bangladesh during the Partition and settled down in Bonhooghly in 1955. The scheme has been named ‘Banorini’ by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself.

The remaining 476 flats under the scheme will be ready by August.

Another refugee rehabilitation project of the State government took off on Monday when 500 people of Jyangra Hatiara-2 gram panchayat in Rajarhat were handed over land pattas.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had promised that she would help the refugees from Bangladesh settle down by giving them land pattas. This is the fulfillment of that promise.

More such pattas and flats are going to be distributed in the future. The government’s promise of uplifting the refugees is being fulfilled gradually.

According to Consumer Affairs Minister Sadhan Pande, such flats “would be started on a PPP basis in Kolkata too.”


উদ্বাস্তুদের জন্য তৈরি হল নতুন আবাসন ‘বনরিনি’

মাননীয়া মুখ্যমন্ত্রী শ্রীমতী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের অনুপ্রেরণায় উদ্বাস্তু পরিবারদের জন্য তৈরি হল বনহুগলি আবাসন – ‘বনরিনি’। গত রবিবার এটি উদ্বোধন হয়।

পশ্চিমবঙ্গেই প্রথম এই রকম প্রকল্প শুরু হল। ৫ একর জমিতে হয়েছে এই প্রকল্প। রাজ্যের উদ্বাস্তু ও পুনর্বাসন দপ্তরের উদ্যোগে পিপিপি মডেল প্রকল্প গড়ে উঠেছে।

এই প্রকল্পে ৮০০টি ফ্ল্যাট তৈরি হয়েছে। প্রথম পর্যায়ে এদিন ৩৪০ জনের হাতে চাবি তুলে দেওয়া হয়। দুই কামারার প্রতিটি আবাসনের মাপ ৬৪৪ বর্গ ফুট। ২৬০টি উদ্বাস্তু পরিবার ১১ লক্ষ টাকা করে পেয়েছে।

উদ্বাস্তুদের জন্য সোমবার রাজারহাটে ৫০০ জন মানুষকে পাট্টা দেওয়ার কাজ শুরু হয়। মুখ্যমন্ত্রী প্রতিশ্রুতি দিয়েছিলেন যে উদ্বাস্তু শ্রেণির মানুশকে পাট্টা বিলির মাধ্যমে স্থায়ী বসবাসের ছাড়পত্র দেওয়া হবে। এবার তা বাস্তবায়িত হল।

ক্রেতা সুরক্ষা মন্ত্রী সাধন পাণ্ডে জানান, “কলকাতাতেও পিপিপি মডেলে এই প্রকল্প শুরু হবে।”

WB Govt to launch Muktir Aalo – Rehabilitation scheme for sex workers

The West Bengal government today announced a scheme by which sex workers would be rehabilitated through an alternative means of livelihood. West Bengal Women Welfare Minister Shashi Panja said that the scheme, christened ‘Muktir Alo’(Ray of Freedom) by the West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee, will help these women to bring them back to the mainstream of the society.

West Bengal minister for Women and Social Welfare department, Dr Sashi Panja said that the proposal has received approval from the State Cabinet. Plans are being made for venue and the streams of trainings. The scheme will soon be inaugurated, she said.

Dr Sashi Panja said that the women who has been forced to work as sex workers and those who have been trafficked, will be trained in different skills to become self sufficient.

Details of the scheme:

Muktir Alo is totally a State funded newly introduced comprehensive scheme for rehabilitation of Commercial Sex Workers. The scheme is intended for providing skill up-gradation and capacity building of the sex workers who wish to leave the profession to enable them to start a life afresh through alternative livelihood options. This scheme is also intended to provide dignified opportunities to the women who have been drawn into the profession of sex work by force or otherwise.

The scheme will have provision for immediate relief and long term rehabilitation initiative through technical / vocational training. Under immediate relief there is a provision of stipend of Rs. 2,500/- per month per head up to 9 (nine) months. Under long term rehabilitation relief there is provision for Institutional Care to the beneficiaries where all the maintenance cost will be borne from the scheme.

Annual estimated expenditure for the newly introduced Scheme Muktir Alo is Rs. 66,71,000/- (sixty six lakh seventy one thousand only). Women Development and Social Welfare Department has selected Women Development Undertaking as the Nodal Agency for implementation of the Scheme on behalf of the Department. In turn Women Interlink Foundation has been selected as NGO for implementation of the Scheme.

The project will provide opportunities to girls and young women who are rescued from trafficking and red-light areas to become self-reliant economically and helping them to develop the confidence to live and work independently and fulfill their dreams. The WD and Social Welfare Department has resolved that Women’s Interlink Foundation will organize vocational training on Block Printing and Spice Grinding at Nijaloy Home located at Madhyamgram, North 24 Parganas for 25 trainees on each trade.

Saugata Roy’s intervention in Lok Sabha during the introduction of Land Acquisition Bill | Transcript


Under rule 73/1, I oppose the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Amendment Bill, 2015. This is the most anti-farmer, anti-poor legislation possible. In one stroke they added Part 3(A); in which for five different types of project, they have taken away the social impact assessment requirement and also the public purpose part. Chapter 3 which relates to food security is also done away with.

These bills if brought in will be a death bed for farmers. This will be a great help to corporates who want to grab the lands of the poor farmers. We shall oppose this Bill with all the force. There is an agitation outside in Ramleela Maidan. Throughout the country people are agitating. Even we were protesting outside the parliament today.

Thank you.