Bhubaneswar: Odisha S.T. & S.C. Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi has urged Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram to put pressure on Andhra Pradesh Government for stopping the Polavaram project soon.
In a letter to Oram dated 15.11.2018, Majhi has written, “While relying to a question by MP D. Raja in Rajya Sabha, you had said that no Scheduled Tribe in Odisha will be affected by the Polavaram project. Unfortunately, your reply wasn’t based on facts. I would like to remind you that the project by Andhra Pradesh Government has flouted several norms for which 6818 people of Odisha, including 5916 belonging to Scheduled Tribes, will get affected. Besides, 7656 hectares of cultivable land and 25 human habitats, including 10 small habitats and 15 revenue villages, will be affected.”
Majhi also drew Oram’s attention towards the latter’s statement during an interview published in a magazine in 2014 in which the Union Minister had said that the Odisha government has been unable to raise the issue effectively for the state’s interests though the dam is set to affect a large number of people in the state.
Citing the content of the published interview, Majhi wrote Oram that his reply in the Rajya Sabha is a self-contradicting one and not based on facts.
Mentioning that he (Ramesh Majhi) and Oram belong to the tribal fraternity, Majhi, urging the Union Minister for safeguarding the interests of the tribals, expressed hope that Oram would influence the concerned officials of the Central Government and put pressure on Andhra Pradesh government to stop the project work soon.