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Mittal's op can't be confined to Jharkhand

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Jul 7: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda today made light of the comments of steel giant Lakshmi Narayan Mittal that he will locate his next steel unit in Orissa and contended that his operations of his nature could not be confined to Jharkhand alone but other states of the country too.

Mr Munda who is attending the BJP core committee meeting to discuss issues concerning the organisation and the state government told reporters during the lunch break that if Mittal is saying that he will set up his unit in Orissa does not mean that he will not have his unit in Jharkhand.

India's steel production target was around 110 million tonnes whereas the actual production was in the range of 35 millon tonnes.

So the production has to be spread beyond Jharkhand, he reasoned.

Asked about Mittal's comments that the work on Jharkhand unit was going on at a slow pace, Mr Munda said the government was on the job and discussing with people concerned.

The investment does not mean that people losing their lands could be displaced without proper rehabiitation, compensation and employments. The people will have to be made self-sustaining and the government was looking into the suggestions made by the people of the area and political parties.

He also said that there would be a dinner meeting with Mr. Mittal later today.

When asked what was discussed at the meeting he replied, ''What was discussed in the meeting is an internal matter and hence not for public consumption.'' Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Leader of Opposition L K Advani, BJP President Rajnath Singh, BJP General Secretary Sanjay Joshi, Zonal Organising Secretary Hriday Nath Singh, Yashwant Sinha and Devdas Apte were in the meeting from BJP while Mr Munda and Sarayu Rai represented the government.


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