Orissa chapter of Confederation of Indian Industries organises workshop
Corporate Social Responsibility no substitute for R&R, says consultant
R&R policy formulated by State hailed
BHUBANESWAR: National consultant on Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) S. M. Jaamdar here on Tuesday asked industrial houses to include rehabilitation of families being displaced by their projects as one major segment of their total investment.
Speaking at a workshop on “Rehabilitation and Resettlement” organised by Orissa chapter of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Mr. Jaamdar pointed out that expenditure made by companies on R&R was not even one per cent of their total project cost.
He said Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) cannot be substituted by R&R. “CSR is voluntary. It is meant for general welfare of people. But R&R is mandatory which directly benefits people. Companies should make higher allocation of funds on R&R,” Mr. Jaamdar said.
When a national policy on R&R became a law, it would bring about a perceptible change in rehabilitation of displaced families, he said.
The national consultant of UNDP hailed R&R policy formulated by Orissa saying it was comprehensive, integrated and progressive. Most of the provisions of Orissa policy were incorporated in the national policy, he said.
Mr. Jaamdar was not the only one who was critical of handling of R&R issues by companies. Influential Biju Janata Dal leader and party Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra said not a single family in Orissa was rehabilitated to its satisfaction since 1948.
Stating that providing jobs to displaced families was not a sustainable rehabilitation, Mr. Mohapatra said companies should try to develop livelihood of people residing in their project area.
State Agriculture Minister Damdor Rout said there had been no proper evaluation if benefit of industrialization had really reached people. There was big gap in provisions and implementation, he said.