Protests at IMFA: Tripartite meeting successful, agitators call off strike

Rayagada: In a major development in the ongoing agitation in front of the Therubali plant of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd (IMFA) in Rayagada district, the agitating tribals on Friday withdrew their strike following assurances that their demands will be fulfilled within three months.

The tripartite meeting was held under the chairmanship of the District Collector and was attended by a delegation spearheading the ongoing agitation and IMFA authorities.

“Today at the meeting, the agitators wanted to know what measures have been taken by the company. As already the compliance reports along with proceedings were submitted by IMFA, they were read out and each point was discussed. All the concerned stakeholders have been asked to work for the welfare of the State,” said Rayagada Collector, Guha Poonam Tapas Kumar.

Jitu Jakasika, who is leading the protests at IMFA plant, said that they would call off the agitation by evening as the authorities have agreed to fulfill their demands.

“The authorities have given written assurances and informed us to fulfill some our demands within a specific time frame and others within next two to three months,” said Jakasika.

On other hand IMFA authorities informed that the company had taken a number of steps as agreed during the previous tripartite meeting.

“In accordance with the proceedings of the May 10 meeting, we have explained what steps have been taken and what are in progress and informed about the specific time frame for completing other pending works as per our action plan,” said senior GM of IMFA, KV Rao.

As per sources, IMFA authorities have already complied with majority of demands including ambulance and other peripheral development works are almost nearing completion.

Though a discussion between the sub-collector, SDPO and the agitators at the Therubali Police Station was held yesterday, it had ended inconclusively.