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Government Of India
Ministry of Tribal Affairs
(04-May, 2016 16:21 IST )

Eviction of tribals from Polavaram project site

The Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) for the Polavaram project is being implemented as per LA & RR Act 2013 since 01.01.2014 and prior to that the Rehabilitation was being done as per Government of Andhra Pradesh Policy of 2005. The project has got the status of Central Project under Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 only.No wrongs have been committed against Tribal(s). The land acquired for Polavaram Project is in accordance with LA Act – 1894 till 31.12.2013 and later in accordance with LA R&R Act with effect from 01.01.2014.

Government of Andhra Pradesh has informed vide Lr.No.5284/R&R-A2/2015-2 dated 03.08.2015 that the lands for the Tribal beneficiaries of Mamidigondhi, Devaragndhi and Kondrukota have been provided as per their option and not by force which are nearer to the R&R Centres. The tribal PDFs of Devaragondhi has been paid 25% extra monetary benefits as they have been rehabilited outside the scheduled area as per the Rule 6.19 of LA & R&R Act 2013. The land acquisition in Anguluru (v) was completed by 2008 and compensation for land properties and R&R benefits to the PAFs were provided prior to the enactment of LA & RR Act, 2013. The tribal families of Anguluru (v) were shifted to Rehabilitation centres in 2011 till then the new land laws as per the provision of the New Act, 2013 were not applicable.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) No.140 of 2015 was filed by Dr. Pentapati Pulla Rao in the High Court of judicature of Andhra Pradesh where Polavaram Project Authority was also one of the respondents. In the application the prayer was mainly confined to challenge the grant of rehabilitation package for all displaced persons and sought implementation of Section 24 of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in LA, R&R Act 2013 in respect of the lands already acquired for construction of Polavaram Project. However, the High Court did not find any merit in the PIL and dismissed it accordingly

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

(Release ID :144812)

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