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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Rural Development
DEPARTMENT OF LAND RESOURCES

RAJYA SABHA
UNSATRRED QUESTION NO. 3091
TO BE ANSWERED ON 7.12.2010
National Policy on Land Acquisition

 

3091. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:

Will the Minister of RURAL DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:

(a)         whether Government has formulated the much awaited National Policy on Land Acquisition;

(b)        if so, the salient features thereof; and

(c)        if not, by when the policy is likely to be finalized ?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT
(SHRI SISIR KUMAR ADHIKARI)

(a)   : Government has not formulated National Policy on Land Acquisition. However, with the approval of the Cabinet a National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2007 has been formulated by the Department of Land Resources which has come into effect from 31.10.2007. Some amendments to the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 are also being proposed.

(b)  &(c): The Salient features of the revised National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy,2007 are enclosed at Annexure.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                           ANNEXURE

Annexure referred to in reply to part (b) & (c) of Rajya Sabha Unstarred Question No. 3091 for answer on 07.12.2010.

The Salient features of the revised National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2007 are:

  • Policy covers all cases of involuntary displacement;
  • Social Impact Assessment (SIA) introduced for displacement of 400/200 or more families in plain/tribal, hilly, Scheduled Areas, etc;
  • Tribal Development Plan in case of displacement of 200+ ST families;
  • Consultations with Gram Sabhas or public hearings made compulsory;
  • Principle of rehabilitation before displacement;
  • If possible, land for land as compensation;
  • Skill development support and preference in project jobs (one person per nuclear family);
  • Rehabilitation Grant in lieu of land/job;
  • Option for shares in companies implementing projects to affected families;
  • Housing benefits to all affected families including the landless;
  • Monthly pension to the vulnerable, such as disabled, destitute, orphans, widows, unmarried girls, etc;
  • Monetary benefits linked to the Consumer Price Index; also to be revised suitably at periodic intervals;
  • Necessary infrastructural facilities and amenities at resettlement areas;
  • Periphery development by project authorities;
  • R&R Committee for each Project, to be headed by Administrator for R&R;
  • Ombudsman for grievance redressal;
  • National Rehabilitation Commission for external oversight.