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Odisha government should shift Posco plant

Vijayawada: The Communist Party of India (CPI) national secretary, D Raja on Sunday demanded that the Odisha government should shift Posco steel plant from its current location.

"Even hough the locals, and particularly tribals, have been agitating against the plant since last six years, the Odisha government never listened to them," Raja said, adding that the state government was mercilessly using the police to suppress the people`s movement.

"I urge the government to stop police action against the innocent," Raja said.

Though I have written to prime minister by suggesting to shift the plant "But no action has been initiated so far either by the Union government or the state government, he said.

The CPI leader said that his party would raise the issue in Parliament as the state government was trying to deprive the tribals of their judicial rights to land and allowing the MNC to exploit natural resources.

Seeking amendment to the land acquisition policies, Raja said the government should not allow the industries to set up their plants on fertile lands.

The Posco steel-cum-power-cum-port project in Odisha was recently given environment and forest clearance by the ministry of environment and forests.

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