Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Nov 26:
Senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra today urged the state government to produce all the documents of Bhushan plant since inception before the state Assembly and close the plant declaring it unsafe.
“The audit report shows that the blast furnace I is also unsafe. It has violated all industrial norms and laws of the land. The government should declare the plant unsafe before the commencement of the Assembly session and produce all papers beginning from the inception of the plant in the Assembly,“ said Mohapatra at a press conference here.
He also demanded that the confidential report recently submited by Labour commissioner to govt be placed in the Assembly.
Describing the MD of the Bhushan plant as another Dawood, Mohapatra reiterated his earlier demand for his immediate arrest.
The senior BJP leader also questioned on the engagement of Balaji Construction Ltd of Mumbai in the Bhushan Steel plant when it did not have any license to supply labourers to the plant. He said the Labour Commissioner while inspecting the plant site had pointed out that the Mumbai-based construction company has been engaged without having the requisite license.
Mohapatra said it is public knowledge that the Union Environment and Forests ministry had slammed the Odisha government for allowing Bhushan Steel and Strips to set up its plant in the state in gross violation of green norms.
The MoEF had in a letter nearly seven years ago on 11 December 2006 informed the Odisha government that it had kept in abeyance the approval granted for diverting 61.48 hectares of revenue forest in Dhenkanal district for setting up an integrated steel plant by Bhushan Steel and Strips.
The MoEF also 1 March 2013 sent a reminder asking what action had been taken against the officials, who had allowed the setting up of the plant. But, the government had thrown the reminder to the wind and swept the issue under the carpet, Mohapatra said.
Stating that all the skilled workers hired by Bhushan for the technical work belong to Chhatisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand, he criticised the indifference of the local people’s representatives who did not put pressure on the company to engage the ITI graduates and diploma students of state in the plant.