Bhopal: The third day of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly session on Thursday witnessed heated debate on the payment of compensation to the tribals for their land acquired for the MV power project in Jaithari area in Anuppur district.

The Opposition reminded the state government about the Chief Minister’s promise in which he had assured a compensation of Rs 5 lakh per acre to the tribals but the claim turned out to be a damp squib.

Responding to the allegation, minister Karan Singh said that the announcement has yet not taken the shape of a policy.

It is to be noted, senior Bharatiya Janata Party legislator had raised the question of the number of tribals who have still not received the compensation amount. As a reply to his question, Minister Karan Singh informed, “The company has carried out development work on the land till October and compensation has been paid to 428 farmers while 88 are yet to get the payment.”

Members of the Assembly, Bisahulal Singh and Ramniwas Rawat asked complimentary questions in this regard to which minister Verma replied that the promise has not been realised into a policy. This angered the opposition while leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh and Chaudhary Rakesh Singh even described the concerned policy.  The assembly at last decided to get the policy examined by the department.

During the session, when Imarti Devi asked about the child deaths in Sirmour region of Rewa, the answer was no deaths had taken place in the last five months. Furious by the reply, Mahendra Singh Kalukheda accused the assembly of protecting the government.
In reply to another question raised by Srikant Dubey, it was told that at least 692 children in Panna constituency are extremely under weight. 

JPN/Bureau