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

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Slow Death for Mentally Retarded

and have become paupers. Though the government has been acquiring land from the tribals for a pittance, it has been filling its coffers by selling or leasing out land in the same locality and in cases even the same land at high prices. For instance, the tribals displaced by the Tenughat Power Project were given compensation at the rate of only Rs 1,200 per acre but the same land was leased out for 90 years at the rate of Rs 20,000 per acre. Similarly, the displaced of the coal mining project of the Central Coal fields (CCL) in Bermo were paid at the rate of Rs 17,000 per acre by the CCL, whereas it paid Rs 1.10 lakh per acre Tor the government land, which it needed to acquire. These are only a few instances of how the tribals are being uprooted in the name of development without being rehabilitated. But as the example of the Koel-Karo project shows, this cannot continue for long.

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