Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, June 17:
Dalit members of Nalco Land Affected Persons Association (NLAPA) of Damanjodi in Odisha’s Koraput district today staged a demonstration in front of Nalco Corporate Office in the city under the banner of National Confederation of Dalit Organisations (NACDOR), to protest against the company’s apathy towards people who have lost their land owing to the Nalco project.
Shouting slogans against the company’s apathetic attitude towards dalit people who lost their land during setting up Damanjodi plant in Koraput district, the prtestors demanded regular employment to all LAP/SAP as rehabilitation and revised payment of compensation at the current value of their land.
The NACDOR has also submitted a memorandum on this issue to the Nalco Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) Ansuman Das.
In the memorandum they have stated that 428 dalit and tribal families of 22 villages, who have lost their land due to the establishment of Nalco’s Damanjodi plant, are teh wrost sufferers. The company had failed to give either land to the landless or job to the members of families who have lost their land, they alleged.
“Many times we have brought the problems of the affected families before Nalco officials but have not got any positive response to our problem,” said Ashok Kumar Mallick, President of NACDOR Odisha unit. He said, this was surprising because the same Nalco authorities have paid attention to the problems of displaced people in their Angul project and rehabilitated them.
“If the company fails to provide any justice to the 428 dalit and tribal families of 22 villages within seven days the affected people will take to the streets and the state government will be responsible for the consequences,” Mallick warned.