Mumbai-Anti Posco Movement gains Momentum


The Mumbai Chapter of the POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) carried out a protest march from Vashi station to Odisha Bhawan in Navi Mumbai on March 12.

The agitating group of about 200 people were out with an agenda – one, to protest the killings of the three anti-Posco activists in a bomb blast in Jagatsinghpur district in Odisha on March 2, during the protests near the site of the steel plant proposed by POSCO India Pvt Ltd. POSCO India Pvt Ltd is an Indian subsidiary of Korean conglomerate POSCO. The company first came to India in the year 2005 to sign a MoU with the Odisha state government in June the same year, for construction of a $12 billion steel plant in the state. But the project never took off, owing to various environmental and ecological issues surrounding it.

According to a report in The Hindu, “Some goons hired for facilitating the setting up of the mega steel plant by POSCO India Private Limited hurled bombs at our activists. The miscreants were actually targeting Abhaya Sahoo, president of PPSS. But they did not have clear visibility in the dark. As a result, the other four died in the bombing,” alleged PPSS spokesperson Prasant Paikray. The PPSS strongly condemned this “barbaric and inhuman killing of innocent villagers” and demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits. The district administration, however, contradicted its claims”.

It has also been alleged that the state government has been carrying out forced land acquisitions from farmers and land owners in Jagatsinghpur district for making space for the steel plant project. The locals from the area earmarked for the steel plant have been opposing the project, stating that their land is fertile and is their only source of livelihood. “The land is rich  and fertile, with kaju and grain cultivation thriving there,” an activist of the PPSS said.

The activists demonstrating outside a railway station in Navi Mumbai also drafted a petition of demands to be sent to the Odisha Chief Minister via the Odisha Bhawan in Navi Mumbai.

The petition demands the following – a probe into the killings of the 3 anti-Posco activists, immediate resignation of the district collector and police commissioner of Jagatsinghpur district and scrapping of , what they call “defunct”, Posco deal in totality.

RADHIKA GANGADHAR
Mumbai

http://en.bharat4india.com/

 

Orissa diverts 12,000 hectares of forest land for Mining industries


BS Reporter / Kolkata/ Bhubaneswar Mar 21, 2012

Close to 12000 hectares of forest land have been diverted in the state in the past 10 years for mining activities and also to make way for industries in sectors like steel, aluminium, power and petroleum refining.

While mining activities have taken the lion’s share of the forest land (10,182 hectares), 1749.02 hectares have been diverted for industrial projects.

Forest land in the state has been diverted for as many as 90 miners during 2001-11, including Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL), National Aluminium Company Ltd (Nalco), Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC), Ferro Alloys Corporation (Facor), Tata Steel, Rungta Mines Ltd, Essel Mining & Industries Ltd KJS Ahluwalia and Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) to name a few.

The industries for whom forest land has been diverted are JSPL (168.32 hectares) for its integrated steel & power complex at Angul, Posco India (1252.22 hectares) for its 12 million tonne per annum steel mill in Jagatsinghpur district, Aditya Aluminium Ltd (119.26 hectares) for its aluminium smelter and captive power plant at Sambalpur and Bhusan Steel & Power Ltd (61.48 hectares) for its integrated steel plant in Angul district to name a few.

Of the 11082.3 hectares of area to be taken up for compensatory afforestation, 7727.63 hectares have already been covered.

However, the pace of compensatory afforestation taken up by industrial players has been comparatively slower.

Only 157.89 hectares have been taken up for compensatory afforestation so far out of 1806.78 hectares mandated for these industrial projects in lieu of forest land diverted.

It may be noted that the Orissa government had presented a Rs 325 crore, five-year Action Plan to the Union ministry of environment & forests (MoEF) under Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).

The additional Action Plan aims at enhancing forest protection on the joint forest management mode. The joint forest management mode envisages active involvement and participation of people for protection and enrichment of forest through Vana Sanrakshyana Samities (VSS).

Anti POSCO activist shot and arrested in Odisha


DHINKIA – Umakant Biswal a young anti POSCO activist and a farmer from Dhinkia was shot and arrested yesterday when he was working on the farm near the village. Police came on motor cycle in civil dress to arrest him, after recognizing them Umakant tried to run away but was shot in leg and later arrested.

According to the villagers he was tortured in custody after being arrested as well. He was taken to Police Station in Paradip.

Dhinkia is the most ardent center of resistance; Dhinkia movement has given tough fight to State Govt and POSCO. Since few months state govt is trying hard to enter and arrest of opponents are quite common. PPSS leader Abhay Sahoo is also behind bar along with other villagers.

Meanwhile the dharna is continuing in the villages opposing the POSCO project.Earlier yesterday POSCO India has issued statement asking Odisha to lift the restriction on entering the site of its proposed steel plant in the state to carry out project work.

Pleasecall up jagatsinghpur sp , dsp paradip and police staion paradip for immidiate hospitalisation of umakant the nunbers are
sp jagatsinghpur off 06724-220115
res- 06724-220015
DSP Jagatsinghpur, Off: +91-9437026173, 06724-220530

SDPO, Paradeep, Off: 06722-222451, Res: 06722-222007

Police Station, Paradeep: Off: 06722-222027, Res: 06722-222057

Collector & D.M., Jagatsinghpur: Off: 0724-220379, Res: 0724-220199, 220299

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