Central PSUs in Orissa urged to expedite RR work

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Angul, Oct 04 (UNI) Orissa Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy today asked central public sector undertakings to expedite their Rehabilitation and Resettlement works to gain faith and confidence of the affected local people.

Mr.Tripathy who took a review meeting of the rehabilitation with Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, national Aluminium Company and National Thermal Power Corporation uints at Talcher advised the PSUs to give a human approach to the rehabilitation issues.

He also urged them to follow strictly the decisions of the Rehabilitation and peripheral Development Advisory Committee (RPDAC) and said force could be used only where the situation warranted but ruled out use of force indiscriminately.

Mr.Tripathy instead advised the industries to try solve the rehabilitation problems expeditiously.

Expressing his displeasure with NTPC authorities over the issue rehabilitation of its sub-stantially affected persons (SAP) the Chief Secretary asked the NTPC-Kaniha authorities to take tangible steps to absorb 209 left out SAPs in the plant.

He also directed Kaniha authorities to give one per cent of its annual profit for the peripheral Developmental works as MCL and NALCO had been doing. The NTPC has been resisting all pressure to provide one per cent of its annual profit for community development works on the ground that it was against its corporate policy.

The Chief Secretary also asked the MCL authorities not to make delay in settling the job demands of its land losers and clear the pending cases of C-category land oustees.

The job to Category of land oustees has been one major problem in Talcher coalfield where a person losing entire homestead land or total agricultural land is called C-category oustees as per the state Rehabilitation policy of 1989.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) North central range Arun Kumar Sarangi cautioned the meeting that Moists elements might take the advantages of the industrial unrest and advised industries to go for just and comprehensive solution of the rehabilitation problems.

UNI

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