Orissa CM maintains silence on land for Posco

Even as hundreds of Dhinkia villagers demanded restart of land acquisition at Gobindapur for proposed Posco plant, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik maintained a stoic silence on the issue on Thursday.

The villagers expressed their willingness to hand over their land for the steel project.

Attending a meeting here on Thursday, the Chief Minister  said the State Government is giving special importance to development of all sections of society including needy women and children. “The Government has framed a special farmer-friendly budget with Rs 1800 crore allocated for agriculture. Besides, many villages of the State would get concrete roads,” he said.

He came down heavily on the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre for its ‘step-motherly’ attitude towards Odisha as far as railway budget, royalty towards mining and Special Category status was concerned.

Naveen inaugurated new buildings of the fire station office and Agriculture Information and Counselling Centre at Balikuda. He also distributed tractors and power tillers to farmers.

Naveen was accompanied by local legislator Prasant Muduli.

Earlier in the day, villagers of Dhinkia led by panchyat samiti member Tilotama Parida took out a rally demanding restart of land acquisition for Posco project in Gobindpur.

[Source — The New Indian Express]

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