Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balangir, Sep 27:
A day after resorting to ‘Jal Satyagraha’ protesting against Odisha Government’s alleged apathy towards displaced villagers of the Lower Suktel project, the Balangir Action Committee today called off the agitation following the district administration’s written assurance regarding fulfillment of demands.
According to reports, the Satyagraha was withdrawn after the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) gave a written assurance to the agitators last night. However, the committee has warned that if their demands are not fulfilled, the agitation will be intensified in future.
Notably, the committee has demanded compensation to the displaced people as per the 2013 Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) policy and expedition the project work.
The committee also expressed its resentment over tardy progress of the project despite sanction of Rs 217 crore fund in 1999, Rs 1042 crore in 2009 and Rs 2448 crore on August 30 2016 respectively.