Jagatsinghpur, Aug 26 (LocalWire): Fifty-two ostracized families who lost everything for supporting the Posco steel project have received the final due installment of the Moo Kudia scheme after expressing their support for JSW steel project.
Sources said that 52 families of Patna village were ostracized by anti-industry activists for extending their support to Posco for which they had to leave their native places following threats.
Their houses were burnt and immovable properties such as betel vineyards were forcibly acquired by the activists.
Around 150 acres of agricultural land of these villagers was forcibly captured by the activists.
Later, these families were rehabilitated at Posco Transit Colony on June 26, 2007.
When Posco withdrew its steel project and failed to rehabilitate the villagers, they returned to their village in 2013 through the intervention of the district administration and village leaders.
As their houses were damaged and gutted by the activists, the district administration had sanctioned Moo Kudia scheme in which they would receive Rs 70,000 and Rs 15,600 from MGNREGS for completion of their building construction towards their resettlement in 2015.
Out of 52 families, the houses of four families have not yet been completed because they had not yet received the demarcated financial assistance to construct the buildings.
After the families expressed their support towards JSW steel project, the administration prompted and distributed pending dues of these 52 families in the presence of water resource minister Raghunandan Das today.
One of the beneficiaries, Chandan Mohanty informed, “After five years, our longstanding demands have been fulfilled by the intervention of administration.
On the other hand, the administration has also given assurance to give their pending dues towards MGNREGS within 15 days.
Meanwhile, the administration has sought our cooperation towards the proposed JSW steel project.”
Water resource minister Raghunanadan Das distributed the financial assistance to these beneficiaries in Erasama while the collector Sangram Keshari Mohapatra, BDO Kailash Chandra Behera and other officials were present on this occasion.