Construction of the Rihanddam has displaced people living in the area, who accepted their sufferings as a sacrifice for the sake of their nation. But now, after thirty bitter years of being adrift, their livelihood having even become more precarious, they keep asking: "Are we the only ones chosen to make sacrifices for the nation?"
Do you think that their complaint is justified? If so, what should the government have done at that time, so that this would not come to pass?
Ans. Their complaint is justified to a large extent, as it appears that the authorities did not protect their ■ livelihoods while displacing them from the area where they lived.
The government should have taken the following steps to
rehabilitate the affected people
(i) Provision of alternative livelihood.
(ii) Provision of alternative residential facility.
(iii) Grants of money for expenses during the setding-in period at the new location as well as compensation for displacement.
(iv) Any other related compensation for losses caused to them due to relocation.