Canadian answer to land problems

November 5th, 2008 - 10:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Nov 5 (IANS) While authorities in India are groping for answers to land acquisition problems after Singur and Nandigram, Canada is tackling the issue by providing comprehensive packages to landlosers and ensuring community involvement in industrial projects. Asked whether the landlosers in Canada wanted land or financial component or integration with the project, a top Canadian trade official said: “Basically, all of that.

“Involvement of the local community is very important for the success of a project,” Greg Giokas, Canada’s director, Trade Commissioner Service, foreign affairs and international trade.

Saibal Ghosh, trade advisor at the Canadian high Commission in New Delhi, concurred: “The locals get a share of the earnings, they are given land and also get shares of the company.”

Citing the example of fast-food chain McDonalds, Giokas said: “Out of their earnings, they give back a lot to the community.”

Participating in an interactive session on “Enhancing Stakeholder relationship with Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives: A Canadian Perspective”, Giokas said labour standards were a big issue in his country.

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