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  • 1. The fight against POSCO in ODISHA By Suryadev Maity Regd No - 12397104 Paddy
  • 2. The project : MoU with ODISHA on 22 June 2005 • Investment : USD 12 billion(Rs. 54,000 crore) • Build (steel) : 12 Million Tonne Per Annum (MTPA) • Land requires : 4004 acres (2900 acres forest land, rest private) • Affected area : Dhinkia, Nuagaon and Gadakujang (Total Population – 75000+)
  • 3. Clearance for the project : • Consider as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) • Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances in mid 2006 • Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) clearances in June 2007 • Jairam Ramesh taking charge of the MoEF • The FRA review committee (headed by Dr N C Saxena) and POSCO review Committee (headed by Ms Meena Gupta), recommended the withdrawal of the project from the area in May 2011.
  • 4. Unique people’s struggle : catching fish from sea cultivation of betelForest Paddy Field
  • 5. Forest • 4004 acres • (2900 acres forest land) • 5 lakh big tree • 50000 cut down
  • 6. cultivation of betel More then 200 family
  • 7. catching fish from sea
  • 8. Paddy Field
  • 9. Recent standoff and protest : Villagers Children’s participation women’s participation
  • 10. Illegalities of the project : • Palli Sabha resolutions ignored • Claims under FRA not settled • Records show existence of traditional forest dwellers • Prime Minister’s pet project
  • 11. The first and foremost issue relates to the Palli Sabha (3) resolutions of the Dhinkia (held on 21st February 2011) and Gobindpur (23rd February 2011) villages under Dhinkia village panchayat, which dismissed the diversion of forest land to the project. These resolutions were sent to the MoEF by the PPSS, with 1632 out of 3445 voter signatures in Dhinkia village and 1265 of 1907 in Gobindpur village. The state government however, submitted to the ministry that the resolutions were only signed by 69 and 64 voters respectively, which lacks the quorum needed in accordance with the Forest Rights Act (4). Said PPSS spokesperson Prashant Paikray. • Palli Sabha resolutions ignored
  • 12. • Claims under FRA not settled The state government’s claim that there are no tribals and other traditional forest dwellers (OTFDs) in the area is incorrect. The 2001 census itself shows there are 23 tribals in Polang village under Kujang Tehsil, which is one of the villages covered under the proposed project.
  • 13. In fact in August 2010, Dr N C Saxena, Chairperson of the FRA monitoring committee constituted by the MoEF and MoTA (Ministry of Tribal Affairs), wrote to Jairam Ramesh and mentioned some ten documents providing the proof of existence of OTFDs in the area. One such document is the record of rights of a Mr Giridhari Bardhan of Govindpur village from 1927, collected from the survey and settlement manual: • Records show existence of traditional forest dwellers
  • 14. “Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s office (PMO) is directly interested in this project. There is an inside kind of news that India is probably interested in entering into a nuclear deal with South Korea. Taking advantage of this, the South Korean government is backing its own corporate.” • Prime Minister’s pet project
  • 15. THANK YOU