Jagatsinghpur, October 25 (LocalWire): The Jindal Group is going all out to woo the locals and garner their support for the proposed steel plant of JSW Utkal Steel Limited in Paradip.
The company has been assuring locals employment, health services, and other facilities, while it has also been giving large donations to different puja committees in the run-up to its environmental public hearing scheduled on 22 November 2019 for obtaining environmental clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
After the state government’s failure to set up the Posco steel project, JSW is all set to expedite its proposed 52-MTPA steel project on the Posco land in Paradip.
While, district officials are tightlipped about the progress of proposed steel plant, the employees of JSW group have started counseling different sections of people including anti-industry leaders, pro-industry leaders, unemployed youth groups, members of different organisations including puja committee and clubs, betel vine labourers, land losers, village leaders and others to seek their cooperation for smooth conduct of public hearing meeting in support of the steel plant.
Meanwhile, it is reported that JSW has been collecting resumes from 10th pass and under-matriculate unemployed youths to provide them training and skill development. After completion of training, the unemployed youths may be absorbed in the company.
Sources reveal that JSW has been donating Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 to different puja committees in Dhinkia, Nuagaon, Gadakujang panchayat to garner public support in favour of the steel plant.
While accepting that JSW has been donating heavily on different occasions, Gobindpur village Mangala Committee cashier of Magu Charan Nayak state that they have not made any agreement or demanded money for these festivals.
“JSW has given these donations on its own to garner public support in favour of its steel project. We have vowed to protest this project unless our demands are fulfilled,” he said.
According to pro-industry leader Tamil Pradhan, JSW has given job assurance to the local youths and committed to upgrade Balitutha government-run hospital to provide better health services in this locality.
“Despite promises of developmental work, the locals will not support the JSW steel project unless their demands are fulfilled. People have learned their lesson from the failure of Posco to meet their demands and do not want to rely on commitments made by JSW employees because the administration and state government are not involved,” he said.
Erasama BDO Kailash Chandra Behera, however, said that JSW has not yet informed them about its 22 November public hearing in Gadakujang panchayat. “We came to know about its public hearing from the notification in the daily newspaper,” he stated.