ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Accentuating the Social Divide

Dalit and tribal families in the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, whose villages will be affected by the Polavaram dam project, face a peculiar problem. On receiving compensation for land given to the project, the non-tribal landlords have stopped cultivation, and work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme has been terminated because the land will shortly be submerged. Even for the contracts completed under the NREGS, there are discrepancies in the amount of work done and the wages the villagers have received.

Polavaram: Rehabilitation via Forced Consensus

In the Polavaram dam project of Andhra Pradesh, a rehabilitation package for tribals is being implemented through forced consensus and has led to police harassment when the government's measures are questioned.

Uranium Mining in Nalgonda

The uranium project being set up close to the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam in Andhra Pradesh will not only occupy vast acreages of agricultural land, but will destroy forest land, the 'buffer zone' of the Rajiv Gandhi Sanctuary. More worrying is the spate of preacquisition land transactions that it has prompted. This is resulting in land transfers to outsiders who aim to gain by selling land to the Uranium Corporation of India (UCIL) later on, and to access compensations in various forms.
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