DECCAN HERALD Saturday, January 15, 2000

PM assures proper rehabilitation of Narmada oustees

NEW DELHI, Jan 14 (DHNS)

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has said that the Government will ensure proper rehabilitation of the Narmada dam oustees though he emphasised that the dam must be constructed.

The prime minister was speaking at a function organised at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at which Baba Amte was presented with the Gandhi Peace Prize. Baba Amte is the main figure behind the anti-dam agitation.

On a note of regret Mr Vajpayee said that the veteran Gandhian may have been ill-treated when he visited Delhi last time but hoped that he would not carry those bitter feelings.

''We will adopt a measure that will ensure construction of the dam and at the same time ensure proper rehabilitation of the displaced persons,`` he added.


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