Land compensation does not mean objection to development: ALOA

DIMAPUR, OCT 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/25/2020 1:37:27 PM IST

 Affected Land Owners’ Association (ALOA), Mon has reminded project managers and contractors involved in national highway project in Mon District to pay compensation to landowners as per the Land Compensation Act, 2013 and warned that if anyone violated this provision, they would be dealt legally.

In a statement, association’s president Leipho Konyak and general secretary Shinwang Konyak further appealed to the people of Mon to understand that standing for the rights of land owners for land compensation did not mean obstruction to development works in the district. They clarified that the association welcomed every development work in the district for the welfare of the people, but stressed that there should be no manipulation of the people and their land in lieu of developmental work.

The association claimed it had sensitized landowners about the upcoming national highway project in Mon district and that no government and NGOs, companies and individuals would be allowed to force people to part with their land for free.

Formed in 2018 with an aim to stand for the rights of landowners in Mon district for land compensation for any project undertaken by the government, ALOA said it observed that most lands have been taken over for various projects by different departments and companies without paying any compensation for the past many years, which was a violation of the Land Compensation Act, 2013.  Pointing out that the subsistence of people in Mon district depended on jhum cultivation and that they were losing land for development works without being paid any compensation, the association demanded that the land inherited by the people from their forefathers should be protected. 

To protect the land of the people, the statement said ALOA had adopted a resolution on July 14, 2018 to demand compensation for land at the prevailing rate per square feet, that no landowner would be allowed to accept any arbitrary/random payments and the amount so paid must be proportionate and commensurate with the losses incurred by the affected land owner.  Clarifying that this did not stop any development work, the association demanded that the value of land should be given while compensating owners for their land.  ALOA had further resolved to demand hard copies of detailed project report (DPR) with convincing explanation of the content to ensure smooth and hundred per cent implementation of any project.



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