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LOWER SUKTEL-HIT PEOPLE STAGE DEMO Thursday, 12 December 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar ===================================================
LOWER SUKTEL-HIT PEOPLE STAGE DEMO
Thursday, 12 December 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Members of the Balangir Action Committee led by its president Gopalji Panigrahi and supported by different organisations of the town and people from around 10 villages of the Lower Suktel Project areas staged a dharna in front of the district Collectorate here on Wednesday demanding adequate compensation. They submitted a memorandum to ADM Balangir BN Ratha.
“Earlier we submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, held talks with the Chief Secretary and other officials demanding speedy payment of compensation to people displaced due to the project, besides other issues. But unfortunately, the compensation payment process has been very slow and many posts are lying vacant in the project. The Government should expedite the payment of compensation,” said Panigrahi.
The speakers also criticised the apathy of the Government and the people’s representatives of this area on this issue. “We have given a one-month notice to fulfil our seven-point charter of demands which include payment of compensation as per the new 2011 rehabilitation policy and early convening of an RPDAC meeting to include four other villages which are fully submerged but declared partially affected,” Panigrahi added.