The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill — a move that will pave the way for the much debated Polavaram project. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha last week.
Speaking on the impact of the project, Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured of all possible measures for resettlement and rehabilitation of those who may be affected.
“We are alive and sensitive to the issue and will ensure there is no great damage, the poor are not impacted… all precautions will be taken to protect maximum possible area from submergence…,” Singh told the House. He clarified that there is no violation of any constitutional provision in introduction of the Bill.
During the heated debate, the Congress MPs differed with each other while the MPs from Seemandhra and Telangana argued for and against the project. Opening the debate, Jairam Ramesh appealed to the government to implement the resettlement plan “democratically, humanely, sensitively”. Congress’s Khammam MP Renuka Choudhry poin-ted to the high number of families that will be uprooted and asked the government to consider the interest of tribals.