New Delhi: The CPI on Sunday appealed to the
Prime Minister to intervene in the Orissa POSCO project issue
and instruct the Environment Ministry to withdraw the
clearance given to the steel plant.
In a letter to Manmohan Singh, National Secretary of
the CPI D Raja said, "the project is nothing less than an
attempt to strip this country`s mineral resources for a
foreign multinational, with no benefit to either the people of
the area or the economy of this country".
He said, "I urge upon you to immediately intervene,
instruct the Environment ministry to withdraw the illegal
clearance, review the POSCO project...and halt the police
atrocities against the struggling people of the area."
Raja alleged that the Orissa police attacked the
peaceful protestors against the project leading to serious
injury to over 100 people.
"In the first week of February 2010, all three gram
sabhas of the area passed resolutions rejecting the project.
As such under the law the forest clearance is now invalid and
must be withdrawn, the project cannot proceed in that area.
Yet the Environment Ministry has done nothing about this," the
CPI leader said in his letter.