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Wednesday , November 28 , 2012
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Meeting clears Jharia glitches

Jharia Rehabilitation Development Authority (JRDA), which is responsible for relocation of non-BCCL families from the fire-ravaged areas of Jharia under the Rs 7,028 crore master plan, held a review meeting at Dhanbad district collectorate on Tuesday during which a number of key decisions vis-à-vis the ongoing socio-economic survey, land acquisition and job training were taken.

Additional chief secretary of mines and geology department of Jharkhand A.K. Sarkar chaired the meeting.

Speaking to the media, Sarkar said that BCCL had accepted JRDA’s demand to let the latter use its 35,000sqm of reclaimed land at Jairampur. JRDA will present a A formal proposal to BCCL soon. “All issues related to compensation will be settled once and for all if JRDA gets the plot for building houses instead of BCCL using it for temporary rehabilitation in lieu of some money paid to the displaced families,” said Sarkar.

Rehabilitation and resettlement in-charge of JRDA Gopal Ji, who was also present at the meeting, added that BCCL promised to provide Rs 53 crore as corpus fund to JRDA within a week to carry out the rehabilitation drive.

It was also resolved that the socio-economic survey of families living at 595 fire-affected places in Jharia coalfield region, which has been on since 2009, would be speeded up. A unanimous decision was taken to float a tender to appoint an external agency for completing the survey in a time-bound manner before March next year.

So far, out of total 53,170 families, 34,910 were covered under the exercise conducted by ISM and CIMFR. However, peeved over the slow pace of work, JRDA recently severed its ties with CIMFR over financial dispute and is considering to rope in another agency.

As for employment of the displaced families, Sarkar said: “In view of complaints of lack of job opportunities for the newly rehabilitated families at Jharia Vihar Colony, we will conduct an assessment survey to find out the best training options for them.”

JRDA will also press for changes in the rehabilitation package for the fire victims. “We want to include the provision of employment for which a proposal will be sent to the coal ministry’s high-powered committee,” said Sarkar.

Apart from Sarkar and Gopal Ji, commissioner of North Chotanagpur Nitin Madan Kulkarni, who is the ex-officio chairman of JRDA, Dhanbad deputy commissioner-cum-managing director of JRDA Prashant Kumar, chief of finance of JRDA M.M. Prasad, superintending engineering of JRDA Sunil Dalela, land acquisition officer of JRDA Yugal Kishor, deputy development commissioner Ratan Kumar Gupta, director (technical, operation) of BCCL D.C. Jha, BCCL’s general manager (estate) R.K. Chaurdhary and regional director of CMPDIL B.K. Sinha were present.