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MCL to provide 11 jobs to one family for acquiring 0.27 acre

Talcher: Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) is going to give permanent employment to 11 members of a family and with 1.1 acre land at the resettlement site in lieu of a plot of 0.27 acre at Talcher coalfields in Odisha’s Angul district.

 A family of late Sridhar Pradhan of village Hilloi under Jagannath Area will be given 11 jobs along with 1.1 acre resettlement plot/ cash as the MCL would acquire 0.27 acre land of the family in the coal-bearing area of Talcher coalfields.

The family members are demanding 16 lakh for each in lieu of a resettlement plot of 10 decimals each, which would come to Rs 1.76 crore. With Rs 3.16 lakh to each as building assistance, the total compensation for resettlement will be Rs 2.1 crore for acquisition of 0.27 acre, said an MCL statement.

 Further, if the family opts for cash in lieu of employment, the company would have to pay at the rate of 16 lakh each, which would come to Rs 1.76 crore.

 In view of this, total compensation for acquiring land of 0.27 acre will cost MCL more than Rs 3.87 crore, it said.

 On average during the current fiscal, the company is providing one job for 0.35 acre of land it is acquiring in the coal-bearing area.

 While one job is entitled to a family against acquisition of two-acre land in coal-bearing area in other states of the country, MCL, which follows the liberal policy of Odisha state, offers employment to each major member of the family for acquiring their homestead, irrespective of area, with all compensation as applicable as per LAAR Act now.