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Anti-POSCO activists refused to accept Posco company ‘assistance in Orissa

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 11, 2009

Police chase away anti-Posco activists in Balitutha (File)

Police chase away anti-Posco activists in Balitutha (File)

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Report by Amarnath Parida; Jagatsinghpur: Anti Posco activists has strongly protested Posco Foundation and vowed not to accept any assistance and help from Posco company towards health , education and other facilities for their development . Protesting, Posco Pratirodha Sangram Samiti has started free health camp for two days at worst hit Dhinkia and Gobindpur village for witnessing their non dependant to other foreign contribution and assistance.

Sources said that Posco Company has deicded to launch Posco Foundation for implementing various welfare activities like health, education and free kitchen to poverty stricken people in proposed Posco steel project area twin the hearts of affected people towards Posco steel project.

After this declaration, president of PPSS Mr Abhya Shaoo reacted for formation of Posco Foundation and threatened to debar Posco officials during entry in Posco site to launch this programme. He warned that peace area will be turned as violence after entry of Posco officials to launch their welfare activities. Similarly, anti Posco activists including affected people vowed that injured persons or poor people also may die without health services and food but we never extend their cooperation and assistance from Posco Company for the safety of their land and livelihood. They also threatened to foil the planning and policy of Posco Company to win the hearts of local people to generate public support by introducing false and fake welfare activities.

Hundreds of people of Dhinkia and Gobindpur villages have been living in harrowing condition due to lack of health services and other facilities. Due to clash between anti and pro Posco activists, hundreds of people have been injured and also they have failed to go local medical for treatment due to threat of police arrest. Similarly, many people have failed to go out side inquest of daily work and job to matain their livelihood as police has registered cases against 450 people and others of Dhinkia and Gobindpur village since two to three years. On the other hand, distract administration failed to take any steps to provide health services and other facilities to affected people.

Earlier, manger of Posco Company, Kujang office had sent one letter to the sarpanch Mr Sisir Mohaptra and panchyat samiti member Mr Prakash Jena, members of PPSS, highlighting Posco steel project activists and assistance to affected people in last month to win the harts of local people. Villagers burnt the letter at Dhinkia and protested the activity of Posco officials to generate public support towards Posco steel project. Meanwhile, company has introduced its Foundation to provide welfare activities to local people for generating the support towards its project. PPSS has determined to foil the strategies and policy of Posco Company in which PPSS has conducted two days health camp at Dhinkia and Gobindpur. Different Janmanch Sangthan from New Delhi and Bangalore sent six members of doctors. Specialists led by Md Syed Fazir visited Dhinkia and Gobindpur and also examined the health condition of affected people. Nearly 300 patients of Gobindpur and 400 patients of Dhinkia village were also treated and availed free medicines by this team on Wednesday.

Anti Posco leader Mr Ashok Burdhan has expressed that the people of these village are not dependent with foreign contribution and their experts because we depend on our resource and expert. We have got freedom after Independence so we have determined not to extend their cooperation from foreigners. Other anti Posco leaders Mr Ranjan Kumar, Babuli Rout, Manorama Khatua and other strongly protested Posco Foundation and its steel project. In a CPI party meeting at Balikuda , PPSS leader Mr Shaoo has expressed that the people of Jagatsinghpur and Puri have united both Posco steel project and Vedanta University Thousands of people these two district would join mass rally on November to congregate at Puri for protesting these two projects in Orissa . – He added. Orissa Diary

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