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Batudi Gram Sabha’s big ‘no’ to mining


OST Bureau

As expected, the sixth Gram Sabha on Saturday at Batudi village under Muniguda block in Rayagada district endorsed the views expressed in the earlier five Gram Sabhas held in Rayagada and Kalahandi districts by rejecting the proposal for bauxite mining in Niyamgiri hill.

All 31 members of the village body including eighteen women who participated in the today’s meeting said an emphatic no to the idea of mining in the sacred and life-sustaining Niyamgiri hills.

The next gram sabha is scheduled on 1 August at Lamba and will be followed by similar exercises in Lakhpadar on August 8, Khemasi on August 13 and Jarapa on August 19.