New Delhi, Feb 5 (LocalWire): The The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) on Wednesday directed the local collector and superintendent of police to submit a report on the alleged harassment of tribal by a mining company in the district of Keonjhar.
Responding to a plea forwarded by Sukeshi Oram, ex-member of the National Commission for Women, V. Ashok Vardhan, the NCST assistant director has asked them to submit the report within a month.
Oram, in her letter, alleged that the tribal residents residing near the Katamati iron ore mine at Deojhar panchayat under Joda block of Keonjhar had been subjected to harassment, arrest and detention for raising their voice against the company operating the mine.
She has stated that the company management in the year 2016 had agreed that they will provide job opportunities to the local tribal within a certain period which allegedly they’ve failed to uphold.
Accusing the company of not keeping the promises, the locals have been protesting in front of the mines since 23rd December 2019, Oram has stated in her letter to the commission.
The locals had submitted a memorandum to the company management on 27 January 2020 stating that the villagers will not allow mining transportation from 4 February onwards in protest.
As their demands remained unheard, the locals tried to stop the mining transportation following which they were taken into police custody, Oram alleged.
“As I am representing the local communities, I request the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes to intervene into the matter and to provide justice to the tribals without any further delay.”Oram has stated in her letter.
Responding to her letter, the NCST has asked the Keonjhar district collector and superintendent of police to submit action taken report within the stipulated time.
Written by Meenal Singh