Odisha: Govindapur Villagers urge fulfill 11 demands before launching of JSW project

Report by Kanhu Nanda; Jagatsinghpur The Jagatsinghpur administration sponsored the 4th public hearing for the proposed JSW project in Erasama coast was held at Govindapur village on Friday. The meeting overall responded pro-industry atmosphere among the villagers but they urged before launching the JSW project their 11 point charter of demands should be fulfilled.
Coinciding three public hearings held in Nuagaon, Gadakujanga and Dhinkia last week, the administration organized another at Govindapur with a motive to woo the villagers likely to be affected by the project starting.
State water resources and I and PR minister Raghunandan Das, Collector Parul Patwari, SP Akheleshvar Singh, BDO and Tahasildar Erasama, Dhinkia Sarpanch Kishor Kumar Parida, village ward members, local forest committees were converged at the meeting and vowed their opinions over the JSW projects.

Few villagers opined that the Govindpur village was recognized as a pro-industry region since Posco time, we have submitted a memorandum carrying our 11 points charter of demands, if JSW and administration to consider our assertions it will helpful sorting out hiatus raising against JSW project, viewed villagers.

The demands of the villagers were included as peripheral development of the area, job guarantee for displaced families, adequate compensation for land givers both private and government occupants, and inevitability for the project initiation.
Minister Das attending the meeting informed that we are well aware of the concerns of villagers, the local’s complaints would be addressed and their interests would be given priority under lawful legal grounds.
Collector Parul Patawari informing at the meeting said that apart from three public hearings we have completed, today’s Govindapur meeting views more pro-industry atmosphere than others, here villagers have made their openness with regards acceptance of the proposed JSW project, moreover, as district administration head I assure to redress your grievances, collector assured. [Ends]

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