A fact-finding committee, which visited the Polavaram Multipurpose Project-affected villages in Andhra Pradesh recently, has in its preliminary report said that land acquisition for the project is being carried out “without settlement of forest rights of thousands of adivasis as per the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, and the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation (LARR) Act, 2013”.
Also noting “problems in the allotment of land for the displaced Dalits and Adivasis, lack of grievance redressal systems, poor rehabilitation facilities and weak monitoring”, the committee has said, it can confirm the “numerous complaints of legal and procedural violations, corruption and irregularities in the land acquisition and rehabilitation process.”
The committee noted that it is gravely concerned over “the scale of displacement, particularly of Adivasis and Dalits in the constitutionally protected Schedule-V area”, adding, “The Central government, along with the Andhra Pradesh government, must assume full responsibility to safeguard the rights and interests of all the affected people, before racing ahead with engineering works of the project.”

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