Ranchi: Jharkhand government has decided to rehabilitate people who have been displaced during the anti-encroachment drive being carried out in compliance with the Ranchi High Court orders.

The decision was taken in a meeting of State Co-ordination Committee (SCC) chaired by Shibu Soren. During the meeting, it was also finalized that Urban Development Department will be providing a financial aid of Rs 1 crore to rehabilitate the displaced people.

After the meeting, Chief Minister Arjun Munda said, “In compliance with the Ranchi High Court orders, the anti-encroachment drive is being carried out, and the state government is merely performing its responsibilities.” The state government is dedicated to the cause of rehabilitating the displaced people at the earliest, he added.
A high-level committee headed by Development Commissioner has been constituted to look into the matter and submit its report by April 28. Acting on the report, the state government would take up the required measures for the displaced people.

Munda said, “The state government will soon bring an ordinance for people who have either encroached or made illegal constructions on government land.” He claimed the draft has been prepared and it will be soon presented before the state cabinet.

The CM denied any discrimination between people on the issue of development and amenities given to them.“The government is working on the problems like drought and pure drinking water,” he added.

On a question regarding challenging Jharkhand High Court decision in Supreme Court, he said all the legal aspects related to the issue are being explored. He said the priority is to formulate policy for the displaced people.

The government had sought more time from the HC to restore the civil amenities, but the latter has directed to frame policy in this regard.