Posco: BJP smells ‘corruption’, demands CBI probe

The BJP on Tuesday slammed the UPA government at the Centre for according conditional clearance to Posco project in Orissa and demanded that a CBI probe should be ordered into the matter.

Last Updated: Feb 01, 2011, 15:24 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: The BJP on Tuesday slammed the UPA
government at the Centre for according conditional clearance
to Posco project in Orissa and demanded that a CBI probe
should be ordered into the matter.
"The whole process of clearance smacks of pay-offs.
Like the 2G spectrum scam, this is another blow to the
country," BJP’s state president Jual Oram said.

Dubbing the Centre`s action as "anti-national and
anti-people", Oram said "This is fraud in broad daylight".

Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh inked the
final approval for diversion of 1,253 hectares of forest land
for the project with the assurance from the state government
that those claiming to be dependent on or cultivating the land
in the project area do not belong to the other traditional
forest dwellers (OTFD) category under the Forest Rights Act,
2006.
Oram alleged that the state government had a track
record of flouting every Forest, Environment and?Tribal Law of
the land and so POSCO and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will
never fulfill the conditions stipulated by the Ministry.

Many legislations would be flouted if the South Korean
steel major was allowed to set up its plant near Paradip.

Setting 60 additional conditions, the Environment
Ministry yesterday granted conditional clearance for
South Korean major Posco`s USD 12 billion steel mill and
captive port project in Orissa after putting it on hold.

Ramesh also sought categorical assurance from the
state government that there was no violation of Forest Rights
Act (FRA) in the land acquisition process for what is dubbed
as the single biggest foreign direct investment project in
India.

PTI