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PTI / The Hindu / BHUBANESWAR, June 28, 2011.
Villages sit at the entrance point of Nuagaon village as they continue their protest against the acquisition of their land for the proposed Posco project on June 28, 2011. Photo: AP.
Amid stiff resistance to Posco steel project, Orissa government on Tuesday said talks were on with agitators to resolve the issue as work at proposed plant site near Paradip was stalled for the third consecutive day due to a road blockade at a key junction.
“The district administration of Jagatsinghpur is holding talks with villagers in the proposed Posco plant area to convince them about benefits of the project,” Chief Secretary B K Patnaik told reporters here.
To a query, he said there is no proposal at present for discussion at the chief minister’s level as talks are being held between the district administration and locals on a regular basis to resolve the issue.
Talks with protesters assumed significance as work at the proposed Posco site in Jagatsinghpur district was stalled for the third day with locals staging a road blockade at a key junction pressing for their demands including enhanced compensation to land losers.
“People have blocked the road near Balisahi making it difficult for our teams to proceed for boundary wall and rehabilitation colony construction,” Basudev Prodhan, Tahasildar of Kujang said.
Good, let the project owners pay fair market price for the lands being acquired and also assure a secured 'Resettlement and Rehabilitation' Package to all affected farmers OR provide equivalent land of the same productivity, elsewhere!
Project, however, big in terms of investments shouldn't be encouraged in the name of FDIs, when they create far less industrial jobs than they take away the agricultural jobs!!
After all, every economic developemental activity should assure inclusive growth to all the stake-holders!!!
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