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SINDRI: Land title holders living in the fire zones of the Jharia coalfield on Saturday refused to move to the new flats being constructed under the Jharia Rehabilitation Scheme in the Belgaria township and demanded that the district as well as the BCCL administration provides them with plots of land, cost of building houses and a compensation package.

The title holders made their decision known to the authorities concerned during the direct-communication meeting with the Dhanbad district administration at the Dhanbad town hall. Dhanbad DC Uma Shankar Singh and BCCL CMD Gopal Singh along with senior district administration officials were present at the meeting. The district administration had divided the entire fire-area into 12 zones and invited 10-12 land title holders from all the zones to place their views on the rehabilitation proposal.

Addressing the meeting, DC Uma Shankar Singh said, “The district administration wants to prepare a concrete rehabilitation proposal keeping the safety, security and facilities of the common people in mind for which public participation is a must. The suggestions of the land title holders will be sent to the central government for incorporation in the rehabilitation proposal.”

BCCL CMD Gopal Singh said that the PSU and the public were both getting affected adversely by the delay in finalization of the rehabilitation proposal and called upon the beneficiaries to have faith on the BCCL management and cooperate with the plan.

However, the land title holders from different localities rejected the appeal. They also demanded stopping of the mining activities in areas from where displacement is taking place till finalization of rehabilitation proposal, saying heavy blasting and pollution have made their life miserable.

The beneficiaries said the new rehabilitation areas should have ample employment and self-employment opportunities.

Charging the BCCL management with patronizing anti-social elements among the outsourcing companies, the land title holders claimed that despite the provision for 20% employment to landowners, they were not provided jobs. Similarly, residents of the Jharia township demanded that the district administration allows land revenue deposits till finalization of rehabilitation proposal.



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