Project-affected persons threaten hunger strike
Residents of Guttedarpalle alleged large-scale irregularities in the disbursement of compensation to the displaced persons due to Srirampur-Opencast Mine Project and urged the authorities to conduct a re-survey to identify the affected and pay compensation to all.
Mancherial: Residents of Guttedarpalle alleged large-scale irregularities in the disbursement of compensation to the displaced persons due to Srirampur-Opencast Mine Project and urged the authorities to conduct a re-survey to identify the affected and pay compensation to all.
Two of the displaced persons – Palla Anita and Chevula Lakshmi – have even threatened that they would undergo indefinite fast in support of their demand. Claiming to be project affected, they said that officials conducted a survey in 2006 and allotted house numbers to the affected houses. Under the survey, they identified 1,065 houses to be affected by the project. But revenue officials conducted subsequent surveys and identified only 600 houses as the affected. Later, they surveyed other houses, but paid no compensation to the house-owners.
The SCCL management assured to pay compensation to the agricultural lands and also to the house-sites, they said adding that they received not a single paisa towards compensation so far. They alleged that some politicians allegedly in cohorts with officials got compensation paid to their cronies by collecting bribes. In fact, 900 house-owners have been affected, but compensation was paid to only 101 house-owners on account of the lobbying, they pointed out.
Quoting an instance, they said, a former sarpanch wielded his influence and got compensation paid to his family members and relatives. His wife and each of his two sons got Rs 1 lakh as compensation. He was also instrumental in his near and dear getting suitably compensated. They alleged SCCL officials paying compensation to the non-locals at the cost of the locals and questioned the rationale behind the move.
They said that they were agonised at the officials for paying compensation only a few of the affected. They demanded an inquiry into the issue and payment of compensation to all those, whose houses were affected by the project. Otherwise, they reiterated their threat to launch an indefinite fast till their demands were met.
By: Arun Kumar