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Report on alleged corruption in rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Project affected families ready
After seven long years of rigorous investigation, the Justice Shravan Shankar Jha Commission set up by the Madhya Pradesh High Court, is ready to submit its detailed report to the Court on the issue of fake land registries and four other types of corruption that allegedly occurred in the rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Project affected families.

This report will reveal just how many fake land registries were carried out by giving the Special Rehabilitation Package, instead of giving land as is the right of the dam-affected farmers whose lands are being taken away by the dam.

According to a release by Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activists the question of who is to blame for this huge deception is also to be answered. The number of fake registries will also reveal how many farmers actually got land and how many did not get land because of the fraudulent registries. The Madhya Pradesh government has accepted only 686 fake registries and declared the rest to be 'correct', but the Jha Commission findings is likely to triple or quadruple this number.

Jha Commission also constituted a technical team to investigate 88 rehabilitation sites which provided a scathing report. It is also expected that the Jha Commission report would expose the crores of rupees of corruption and irregularities that took place in the construction work and quality of the construction of civic amenities at these rehabilitation sites.

"The report should reveal irregularities, if any, in the rehabilitation of project-affected families, including the allotment of house-plots and many basic amenities that were to be provided. It will also present the truth and the facts regarding the conversion of house-plots, fraudulently turning ineligible people eligible while rendering eligible people ineligible," said NBA in the release.

Jha Commission was set up in 2008, by an order of the High Court. Every time the M.P. government starved the Commission of necessary funds or other needed resources, Narmada Bachao Andolan had to plead before the court for the Commission to get these resources. This went on until October 2015 in the last stages too when M.P. government cut the Commission's funds. This shows a complete lack of political will from the M.P. government, NBA alleged.

The thorough investigation went on for 7 years. Thousands of oustees, land sellers, witnesses, government officials and employees of the registry department and of Narmada Valley Development Authority were involved. Narmada Bachao Andolan participated and supported the legal process fully and constantly. After receiving this report, NBA hopes that the Jabalpur High Court will pass its order including directives for next steps.

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