Youths Urged for Speedy Industrialisation in Costal Odisha .

Youths Urged for Speedy Industrialisation in Costal Odisha .

By M K Mishra
Bhubaneswar, 03-01-22

   People in general and youths in particular stressed upon rapid industrialisation in the  Costal Odisha to over come the misery  due to massive migration  and continuous natural disaster . In view of this youths are particularly welcome various  industrial projects including JSW Steel in the mineral rich and coal bearing eastern Indian  Odisha State.
 Feeling the need of the economic growth through industrialisation , now many betel vines farmers offered to donate their land for the JSW Steel’s mega project close to Paradip Port and the administration swung into action in time to take possession of land for the Steel project.  

Recently, 11 betel vines were dismantled at the JSW steel project site at Govindapur village in the district. The  locals are impressed with the special RR packages of the company.  Since the outbreak of COVID-19, betel vines farmers of Jagatsinghpur were facing a lot of hardship and with JSW Steel giving them alternative livelihood, locals are now started realising the fruits of industrialisation in their locality.

JSW, recently declared its compensation package for the project affected people with ration card in the land losing villages of Nuagaon, Gada Kujang & Dhinkia GP, for its Integrated Steel Plant at Paradip. The proposed compensation has emerged through a series of collaborative discussions at the district, GP and village level with  extensive participation of villagers, district administration and other stakeholders to elicit public opinion.

Appropriate Compensation for Betel Vines For loss of betel vines, compensation of Rs. 17500 per decimal has been declared. This is way above the government provision of Rs. 6,000/- per decimal, charted out in the Govt. R&R policy. Additionally, a bonus of Rs 50,000/- per betel vine, irrespective of size, provided it is demolished within a fortnight of announcement in the said village, has been declared.

For the first time, a differential compensation of Rs. 6000 per decimal is offered to all the old betel vine owners, who earlier received Rs. 11,500 per decimal, has been announced. For wider and inclusive coverage all the ration card holders in the eight land losing villages- namely Polang, Bayanalakandha, Jatadhara, Nuagaon, Gobindpur, Patana, Dhinkia and Mahala; who have not received Betel vine compensation or have not received any labour compensation earlier from erstwhile projects, betel vine labour compensation of Rs 88,000 – Rs 44,000/- as one-time financial assistance after demolition of all betel vines and Rs 44,000/- balance as additional bonus after completion of boundary wall of the entire project area has been offered.
 For the villages from where betel vines have already been removed, eligible families will be paid Rs  44,000/- after the demarcation of the boundary wall in the said village and rest 44,000/- after the boundary construction for the project is complete.

Each Family under the Jangal Surakhya Committee will be paid Rs 50,000/- . One representative member per Ration card holding family will be eligible for this compensation and the amount will be disbursed after completion of the tree felling.

The above efforts have strengthened the confidence of the people as well as farmers . In view of this  Mr Sunil Kumar Naik , Secretary “ Green Alliance” , urged the Govt to further widen the scope of consultation with the people for speedy implementation of the project