Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SUKTEL JAL SATYAGRAHA CALLED OFF IN BALANGIR Wednesday, 28 September 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

SUKTEL JAL SATYAGRAHA CALLED OFF IN BALANGIR

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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A day after resorting to a ‘Jal Satyagraha’ at village Khagasabahal protesting against the State Government’s alleged apathy towards the displaced villagers of the Lower Suktel Irrigation Project, the Balangir Action Committee on Tuesday called off the agitation following the district administration’s written assurance regarding fulfilment of its demands.
The Satyagraha was withdrawn after the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) gave a written promise to the committee on Monday night. However, the committee has warned that if its demands are not fulfilled, the agitation would be intensified in future.
Besides, the committee, headed by Goplaji Panigrahi also got an invitation for a talk with the Chief Secretary in Bhubaneswar on October 1.
Notably, the committee has demanded compensation to the displaced people as per the 2013 Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) Policy and to expedite the project work.
The committee expressed its resentment over the tardy progress of the project work despite sanction of funds of Rs 217 crore in 1999, Rs 1042 crore in 2009 and Rs 2448 crore on August 30 2016.  

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