House panel ticks off DPCL management

Published: 20th October 2012 12:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th October 2012 12:06 PM   |  A+A-

Members of the Odisha Assembly Committee have expressed dissatisfaction over the employment policy of Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL).

In a review meeting held here on Thursday, they took up several issues with the management of the company, including rehabilitation, employment, peripheral development and transportation system at the port.

The members expressed reservations over DPCL’s outsourcing of work. Panel Chairman Prafulla Mallick said the company should  employ members of families displaced by the company. He also stressed giving employment to all families who had ceded land for the port.

“The DPCL should adopt the State Government rehabilitation and resettlement policy,” said Mallick.

DPCL CEO Santosh Mohapatra said of the 384 displaced families, 74 have been employed in the port.

“For the remaining families who are not interested to work in the company, we have sought permission from the Central Revenue Commissioner to pay monetary compensation,” Mohapatra said.

He added that all 3,741 families who ceded their agricultural lands to the company had been compensated as per Government norms.

Collector Akshaya Kumar Pani and DPCL vice-president Anil Kar were present.

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