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The Economics and Politics of Resettlement in India by Madhu Bala, Shobhita Jain

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Chapter 13

Livelihood Restoration of the Displaced

A.B. Ota

Introduction

Millions of people in India have been physically displaced due to the setting up of development projects. This has resulted in involuntary loss of homes and hearths and shattering of their culture and kinship linkages built over several centuries and generations. These development projects range from dam projects to thermal power projects to coal projects to industrial, mining, urban infrastructure, road and a host of other areas. Besides the completed projects, a good number of them are either ongoing or are in the pipeline and still large numbers of people are going to be displaced on account of them. Statistical figures indicate that dams alone account for more than 80 ...

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