New Delhi: The Government on 16 May 2007 said the Resettlement and Rehabilitation policy for people affected by SEZs and other industrial projects will make it mandatory on the developers to employ at least one person from each displaced family.
“The Rural Development Ministry has been requested to work out a comprehensive Resettlement and Rehabilitation policy, ensuring livelihood from the project to at least one person from each displaced family,” minister of state for commerce, Jairam Ramesh, said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
He said the Rural Development Ministry would also reformulate a comprehensive Land Acquisition Act to address all relevant issues surrounding acquisition of land for a variety of projects.
The government has considered various issues concerning SEZs, including land acquisition, and decided that state governments would not undertake any compulsory acquisition of land for SEZs approved after 5 April, he said.
The extent of land involved in 234 approved SEZs is about 33,808 hectare and it is already available with the state governments, state industrial cooperations and private developers, Ramesh said.
Of the 234 formal approval, 103 SEZs have already been notified.