Contractors Halt Posco Work

In a new development in the anti-Posco agitation, the contractors involved in construction work of the project have stooped their works to support the cause of the displaced people.

Published: 21st January 2014 12:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st January 2014 12:02 PM   |  A+A-

In a new development in the anti-Posco agitation, the contractors involved in construction work of the project have stooped their works to support the cause of the displaced people. The villagers of Nuagaon and Gadkujang panchyats are on a dharna in front of Ersama tehsil office for the last one week.

Their 14 demands included employment to a member of each displaced family, implementation of rehabilitation policy and packages, increase in the rate of private land and substantial allowance for betel vine labourers. Meanwhile, two former legislators Bijaya Nayak and Lalatendu Mohapatra met Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Central Range, to seek his intervention to end the stalemate. They apprised the Commissioner about the grievances of the villagers.

Working president of United Action Committee, Dhirendra Pallei said, “We have decided to intensify stir and prevent labourers and contractors of our village to take up construction work.”

Criticising the callous attitude of the administration and the State Government, Zilla Parishad member Sarada Jena and pro-Posco leader Tamil Pradhan said the contractors have decided not to continue the Posco work in the interest of the affected people.

Former panchayat samiti member of Nuagaon Saumendra Nayak who is monitoring the construction work of boundary wall on behalf of SS Constructions said, “Our contractors have stopped the work due non-identification of boundary wall and not due to any political or Pro-Posco leader.”

A memorandum with the signature of nearly 1000 persons, addressed to the Collector, Chief Secretary, Revenue Divisional Commissioner and others, has been submitted highlighting the activities of pro-Posco leaders who are misleading the affected people, said Nayak.



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