The Commission has issued this direction on Friday after taking cognizance of a petition filed by human rights activist and lawyer Radhakanta Tripathy.
The petitioner alleged that several land losers are yet to get compensation even after a decade of execution of the project. He cited a case of a senior citizen Surendra Gochchayat of Barikpur in Bhadrak district. He mentioned in the petition that the victim is running from pillar to post to get the compensation benefits given to several affected families.
Tripathy stated that the case has been investigated twice by the special rapporteur of the NHRC and a team of national commission for scheduled castes (NCSC). Following the NHRC direction, more than 1000 land losers had received compensation. He pointed out the discriminatory attitude of the district administration in payment of compensation to the similarly situated displaced villagers.
“In May last year, the land acquisition officer had sought an apology in a meeting with displaced people of nine revenue villages for delay in payment of compensation. The meeting was conducted with the affected villagers of Reba-Kapali Drainage Congestion Clearance project, popularly known as Reba-Kapali Sanskar Yojana in 2007-09,” said the petitioner.
The Commission has asked for the action taken report from the Bhadrak collector within four weeks. It has also directed its registry to forward a copy of the complaint to Odisha chief secretary for information and compliance of direction of the Commission by the district administration.
The petitioner had also filed several cases before the Commission earlier on behalf of the land losers. After NHRC’s intervention, many displaced people had received their compensation.