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]