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Expose the hypocrisy and misleading campaigns by Odisha Government and Posco: PPSS Chairperson Abhay Sahu

 

Monday June 09, 2014

ODISHA, POSCO, LAND, PEOPLE, DISPLACEMENT, MOVEMENT  
 

"While the Posco Steel project, planned near Paradip in Odisha, has made almost no progress on the ground, Leader of the people's movement against the project and displacement thereof alleges that an ill motivated campaign is going against the people by making false assertion that out of the required 4000 acres of land the company has already got 2000 acres.

 

Abhay Sahu

 
 

The Posco Pratirosh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) condemns in strongest terms the evil design of POSCO and the Odisha government to mislead public opinion by suddenly declaring the so called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) package of Rs.2000 million for peripheral development as if the resistance of our people is based on narrow economic interest or opportunism and as if we all have been waiting just to hear a CSR package. Where does the question of peripheral development arise when the project itself is facing serious resistance and thus has become uncertain?

They (Posco and the Odisha Government) are not yet able to explain to us where they spent Rs.3000 million, the claim they have been making in every possible forum. This is how an unholy empire of criminals, crooks and wrong doers is building up with the full complicity of the administration.

 

There is also an ill motivated campaign going against the people by making false assertion that out of the required 4000 acres of land the company has already got 2000 acres. We don’t know who has got this figure and where are the lands? The PPSS is aware of the fact that all the cultivable land and forest land that was under the occupation of the people earlier are still there now even in the so called project area.  All kinds of false propaganda, intimidation, false cases and threats of forcible eviction has not demoralized our people and they are doubly determined to take the struggle to its logical end that is till POSCO is driven out of the soil.

We fail to understand why a democratically elected government is so arrogantly going against its own people and working day and night for a profit oriented multinational having no commitment to our people and this country! The National Green Tribunal has already objected to the project. Both the centre and the state governments have gone mad after POSCO and are not even willing to respect judicial and quasi-judicial bodies. Democracy and our right to dissent and protest are being brutally assaulted by the so called democratic government of the state.

We appeal all friends, well wishers and fellow fighters to expose the hypocrisy and misleading campaigns of the state and stand firmly with us till the demon POSCO is out of soil.

[Abhay Sahu is the Chairperson of Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samitii (PPSS) and is leading the people's movement against Posco's Steel Plant Project planned in Odisha]

 
 

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