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HC stays Haryana ‘jobs to oustees’ order to NPCIL | Chandigarh News



CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court has stayed the Haryana government order asking the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) to provide jobs to the families of those farmers whose land was acquired for setting up of 2,800 MW nuclear power plant at Gorakhpur village in Fatehabad district of Haryana.
“Implementation of the impugned order dated January 19, 2021, shall be kept at abeyance till the next date of hearing,” the HC ordered while fixing the matter for further hearing on February 15.
Justice Arun Monga passed these orders while hearing a petition filed by NPCIL. The corporation has argued that land for the project was acquired under the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy 2007, under which there was no provision for jobs to the oustees.
The counsel representing the corporation contended that, as for the provision of employment to the oustees for land acquired by the state government on behalf of the petitioner, the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2010, is not applicable to his client.
‘No such undertaking given by corporation’
It was further argued that the petitioner’s obligation under the land acquisition scheme is confined only to providing monetary compensation and certain other incentives. It was also argued that, in any case, the responsibility of providing jobs to land oustees by the petitioner can be fastened on the petitioner corporation only in case an undertaking qua the same was given by it, before initiation of acquisition proceedings. NPCIL claimed before the HC that no such undertaking was given by the corporation, a government of India entity.
“Given the specialised nature of work undertaken by the nuclear power corporation, it has its own norms of employing human resource depending upon the expertise involved therein,” the petitioner has contended.
The corporation has sought directions to quash the order dated January 19, 2021, passed by the additional chief secretary (power department) Haryana, through which an obligation has been imposed upon it to provide jobs to land oustees under Haryana’s Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2010.
The state government had acquired around 1,500-acre land from farmers of Gorakhpur, Kajalheri and Badopal for the nuclear power project, affecting 847. The majority of the land was from Gorakhpur village. Inaugurated on January 1, 2014, by then PM Manmohan Singh, the Rs 23,502 crore NPCIL project would be the country’s largest nuclear power plant. The construction of the project is currently going on but the farmers whose land was acquired have been seeking jobs for at least one member of their family.

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