Devoid of a sound Displacement Rehabilitation policy, it seems that the question of Economic Development Vs. Livelihood will get more and more complex and explosive in coming days. May it be the question of Narmada dam or an SEZ near Pune, the basic question is how should government execute its prerogative of acquiring properties. It is noticeable that each time the loser of property is one whose livelihood depends upon that property, e.g. a tribal losing his small strip of land to a big dam - the dam which is not going to benefit him but may be to a big city nearby.
While opposing each and every step of development may be unwise, not formulating a longterm and sound policy of compensation and rehabilitation is more silly and unjust. Can giving employment in proposed project to those affected by it be a solution? Read this piece from Sakaal:
एसईझेडमध्ये स्थानिकांना नोकरीची हमी - मुख्यमंत्री
मुंबई, ता. २५ - विशेष आर्थिक क्षेत्रासाठी (एसईझेड) कोणत्याही शेतकऱ्याची पिकाऊ व पाण्याखालची जमीन घेणार नसल्याचा पुनरुच्चार मुख्यमंत्री विलासराव देशमुख यांनी येथे केला. ""प्रकल्पबाधित शेतकऱ्याच्या कुटुंबातील व्यक्तीला त्याच ठिकाणी नोकरी देण्याची हमी राज्य सरकारने घेतली आहे,'' असे आश्वासन त्यांनी दिले. .......
Can this be a solution? It is like telling the farmer to chose between being an owner and being an employee. Besides are the farmers asking for these jobs?
How can this dilemma between development & livelihood (livelihood & dignity) be solved?