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Jairam for legal advice on rehabilitation of Tarapur atomic project-affected people

The concern came following a request letter on 15 November from ex-petroleum minister Ram Naik, who is presently the national convener of BJP good governance cell, requesting Ramesh for his intervention for the betterment of the people affected due to the project.

Naik sent a letter to the rural development minister, which reads, ‘advise your ministry’s advocate to take a positive approach for rehabilitation of project affected persons (PAP) who are suffering for the last nine years and spirit of right to fair compensation and transparency in land acquisition, rehabilitation, and resettlement act, 2013.’

Earlier, on 30 October Naik had a discussion with the rural development minister over the writ petition no: 5663 of 2004 filed by the PAP of the power project in Thane. Then Ramesh assured that his ministry will look in to the problems and enquired whether the court have specifically directed about impleading of the rehabilitation department.

The hearing of the writ petition was scheduled on 10 November but the case did not come up for hearing as the bench was split after Diwali holidays. ‘The case would come for hearing after the new bench is constituted or if the same bench is reconstituted, for which the petitioner have already applied before the chief justice of the bench,’ Naik mentioned in his letter.

A senior official in the rural development ministry said, ‘Naik’s letter was taken as a priority and already our minister has instructed the concern officials to look in the PAP issue. He marked the letter as urgent and hopefully soon there will be some initiative’.

Tarapur is the largest nuclear power station in India with a total capacity of nearly 1400 MW. It has also earned the highest safety awards given to any electricity producing plants in India.
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