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I believe in peaceful industrialisation: CM

New Delhi: In the wake of stiff opposition from locals against acquisition of land for Posco`s steel plant, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said he believed in peaceful industrialisation of the state and would take an "appropriate and humane" decision on it.

"Let me clarify that I personally believe, I always believed in peaceful industrialisation in Orissa," he told reporters here.

Patnaik was reacting to Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh`s comment that the Orissa government should not use environmental clearance for the project as a "license for forcible acquisition of land" for Posco`s steel plant in Govindpur village.

Commenting on the protests by locals against the acquisition of land for the project, Patnaik said the state government was monitoring the situation closely.

"We will take appropriate and humane decisions as far as this matter is concerned. We will find a solution," he said.

Govindpur villagers, who have refused to give away their land for the steel plant have formed a three-tier human barricade at the entry point.

The Orissa government has declared the protests as "unlawful" and redeployed about 800 personnel in the area.

Ramesh had also said while all parties should adhere to democratic norms and procedures, "I earnestly hope that the state government will not take any precipitate action."

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