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Budge An Inch

It's a new policy for oustees, but only just

Budge An Inch
Atul Loke
Budge An Inch
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It isn't just projects such as the Narmada Dam that are displacing large numbers of people; the rapidly proliferating Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as also the proposed Investment Regions will swallow up huge tracts of agricultural land, making the poor even more vulnerable.

It is this—the recent SEZ-related controversies—that have compelled the government to make displacement a priority issue, say PMO sources. A new National Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policy, intended as an improvement on the NDA one introduced in February '04, has, therefore, been drafted and sent to the state governments for comments. The policy will, thereafter, be posted for public scrutiny before going to the Union cabinet and, possibly a group of ministers. Lastly, it will be given a legal framework. "This will provide a uniform minimum standard for the states," says an official.

The new draft policy suggests a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) along with the mandatory Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for all projects displacing "400 or more...
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