Rayagada: The 18-day long protest in front of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd (IMFA) plant at Therubali in Rayagada ended after a meeting between the company officials, district administration & agitators late in Thursday night, ended successfully. According to sources, the meeting was fruitful and the protest will be withdrawn by 10 AM today.
Jitu Jakasika, who was leading the protest, informed that talks with IMFA management were fruitful and the protest will be withdrawn by 10 AM tomorrow (Friday).
"We discussed our demands at the meeting in presence of the district administration. Out of our 9-point charter of demands, 4-5 demands have been met. We will open the company gates at 10 AM tomorrow (Friday)," said Jakasika.
"We had a detailed discussion on all the demands of the protestors. All the things that have been agreed upon can definitely be implemented by the company," said an IMFA official present in the meeting.
"The memorandum of demands was discussed upon in detail today for the second time since the agitation began. We were successful in ensuring an amicable settlement. As per the decision the agitators will be calling off their agitation," said Rayagada Collector after the meeting.
Earlier yesterday, the tripartite meeting between the company officials, district administration and a group of 25 agitators was convened at the Collector's office.