We Support MNH Sakhti Ltd. only if demands are fulfilled: Villagers

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Jharsuguda: Today in a Public Hearing Organised at Malada Village where ADM Ravinder
Mishra and Regional Officer, Pollution Control Board Mitrasen Majhi along with Officials of MNH Sakhti Limited (A MCL Subsidiary Company) CEO Amrendra Kumar, Project Mining Manager R.K. Mishra , Chief Survey Manager R.K. Nayak , Chief Manger Finance V. Ramamurthy were present at this gathering to hear Villagers View on this proposal of Setting up this Project. A total of 23 representatives of Malda & Patrapalli village had come and put in their view on this project. Villagers have welcomed the project only if they are given a proper compensation of their Land and employment by the Company. Villagers have also demanded that the Company should make an agreement to fulfill before starting its project. Demands include
1. Proper Compensation
2. Proper Rehabilitation and Job Security to Displaced Families
3. No Contractual Jobs
4. Proper Identification card for Displaced Families
As per the Sources, this project is going to be operational at Talabira II & III which are the Coal Blocks of Rampur Tract situated at South – eastern Part of IB Valley Coalfield.
These blocks have been jointly allocated to Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), Hindalco Industries Limited (HIL) and Neyveil Lignite Corporation (NLC). This Joint Venture MCL has 70% of Equity Holding where 30% equity has been equally shared by NLC and HIL at 15%.
This Proposed Project will cover partly / fully seven villages namely Malda, Patrapalli , Talabira, Rampur , Khinda , Khaita and Dumurmunda Villages. These Villages spreads over Sambalpur & Jharsuguda Districts.
A total 2046 families involving 10230 persons will be affected due to this project where total manpower requirement is 1812 directly by the Company and 427 manpower on Contractual basis.
In an Interview ADM has assured that Dist. Administration will assure that Villagers will be given a correct compensation with proper Rehabilitation Measures then only they will allow this company to start their mining operation.

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