Days after the farmers unrest broke out in Aligarh over land acquisition,the Uttar Pradesh government has realised it was following an outdated 2003 Resettlement and Rehabilitation policy of the Centre for families displaced by land acquisition for projects.
While the Centre came out with the fresh R&R policy,notified in October 2007 (after Mayawati government came to power),UP continued to follow the old 2003 policy,which was adopted by the state in August 2004.
Two days ago,the state government,in order to remove loopholes in its existing R&R policy,came out with an amended order,which lays down new forms of assistance for project-affected families and stresses on proper implementation of earlier forms of rehabilitation process.
The August 17 order has to be implemented with immediate affect.
The order lists eight types of rehabilitation and resettlement facilities for project affected families.
The most significant and new clause among these facilities is that affected families would be given one-time financial assistance,which will be equivalent to the amount of minimum agricultural wages for five years. It would be considered as compensation towards livelihood. Apart from this,the land acquired for projects of long distance like state highways,railway lines etc,each affected family would also get an ex-gratia payment of Rs 10,000.