RESETTLEMENT AND REHABILITATION DIVISION
Genesis of the Division
The R&R Division is the youngest Division of ASK, which came into existence in order to address the consequences of development-induced displacement. The rationale behind venturing into the field of involuntary resettlement was the sheer absence of adequate legal & regulatory framework, lack of institutional capacity and political commitment to deal with the complexity of R&R issues in the country, which was leading to the gross violation of basic human rights of the affected communities in various infrastructure projects being undertaken in the country.
Taking cognizance of the gravity of Resettlement & Rehabilitation (R&R) concerns in the south-Asian region in general and India in particular, ASK has been working on these issues for promoting the concept of ‘socially responsible rehabilitation’.
The R&R Division of our organization has been working closely on the critical issues of R&R. The Division understands that the major Resettlement and Rehabilitation problems would continue to exist and development would remain lopsided until and unless the displaced, who give up substantial portions of their assets for the sake of development, are not recognized as primary stakeholders in development projects.
On this principle, the Division has been working along with multilaterals, government bodies, autonomous institutions, private sector and financial corporations to address the agenda of social development and R&R in all such projects, which involve involuntary resettlement by means of facilitating preparation of a pro-poor, pro-people & equitable policy framework in order to help achieve social, economic and environmentally sustainable development, safeguarding the rights and interests of the affected communities.
Under the umbrella of the Division, we are engaged not only in creating a positive environment for R&R in India, but also working towards creating better access to resources so as to change the mindset and attitude of executing and implementing agencies and sensitize them to take up socially responsible rehabilitation as their integral responsibility and not an obligation or liability.
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