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Going gets tough for Posco supporters

Prafulla Das

Demolition of vineyards has rendered many villagers jobless

BHUBANESWAR: Just a few weeks have passed since the administration demolished a large number of betel vineyards in seaside hamlets such as Noliasahi, Polang, and the hamlets under the Nuagaon gram panchayat in the area earmarked for the proposed Posco steel project in Jagatsinghpur district.

But a majority of the residents of these hamlets, who were said to be supporters of the project in the past, have started showing their opposition in an organised way.

A visit to Nuagaon, which the State government had been claiming to be a stronghold of the project supporters, makes it clear that the United Action Committee, a group that supported the steel venture, no longer enjoys the support of the locals.

The office-bearers of the Committee who held several rounds of talks with the administration for finalising the compensation package and other benefits for those families losing their land, home and livelihood sources have been facing severe criticism from the villagers during the past several days.

The project's support base has dwindled primarily because hundreds of families that earned their livelihoods by working as daily wage labourers in the betel vineyards owned by the farmers of the village have got no work in hand these days.

The daily labourers of the village have also not been given any compensation by the administration so far.

The farmers, whose betel vineyards had been demolished against payment of compensation money, too have started feeling the pinch.

They are now sitting idle in their homes and apprehending trouble once they spend the money that they got as compensation for demolition of their betel vineyards.

Nuagaon alone has more than 900 families the male members of which worked as daily wage labourers in the betel vineyards.

About 600 families in the gram panchayat had betel vineyards till a few weeks ago.

“A handful of influential people of our village who supported the project may have got benefits in some ways. They even forced us to allow the demolition of our betel vineyards by making tall promises, but now it seems that were are now heading for difficult times,” said a resident of Nuagaon.

The Jagatsinghpur administration is now trying hard to convince the so-called supporters to allow tree felling for land acquisition and construction of boundary wall on the land that was acquired earlier.

But the things are certainly getting difficult for the authorities day by day.

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