Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Keonjhar, Apr 8:
Keonjhar Milita Kriyanusthana Committee (KMKC) called off its 59-day long agitation in Keeonjhar town today after Odisha Finance minister Pradeep Amat assured to fulfil its demands.
“We have received an assurance from the Finance Minister, who came here and assured us to take up our cause. We are calling off our stir based on this. The district has long been neglected and hopefully things will change for good,” said Rudra Narayan Mohanta, Convener of KMKC.
The Finance minister assured the KMKC that the government would do the best it can to fulfill its demands.
“We will try our best to fulfill the demands. Some of them need central assistance. The state government will recommend to the central government to take up the projects. We will offer every assistance as and when needed,” said Amat.
The Finance Minister of the state had met the representatives of KMKC on Monday and had given a written assurance to fulfill their demands.
The committee, with the support of the local population, has been on a marathon agitation since February 9 demanding the fulfillment of a five point charter of demands. The five demands are: establishment of a large-scale steel industry, a government medical college and an agriculture university in the district, unitary status for Dharanidhara Mahavidyalaya in Keonjhar and railway connectivity to Champua and Anandpur.
KMKC started with a rally and mass agitation on February 9 and later organised a 24-hour Keonjhar bandh on February 20, which was supported by all sections of the society. The agitation later spread to Champua and Anandpur areas of the district.
It force stopped the extraction and transportation minerals on April 2 forcing the government to come to the discussion table.