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Central team meet govt officials, political leaders

The central team, on a fact finding mission that is likely to decide the fate of the Rs 51,000 crore Posco project, met Orissa government officials and political leaders on Sunday.



Bhubaneswar: The central team, on a fact finding mission that is likely to decide the fate of the Rs 51,000 crore Posco project, met Orissa government officials and political leaders on Sunday to ascertain facts Forest Rights Act (FRA) implementation in the proposed plant site.

The team, led by former union environment secretary Meena Gupta, obtained information on resettlement and rehabilitation package offered to the people facing
displacement due to the proposed mega steel project.

It also inquired about the existence of tribals and
other traditional forest dwellers (OTFD) in the proposed
project site near Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district, sources
said.

The team, which completed its two-day field visit at the
site yesterday, also sought to know whether palli sabha
(village committee) meetings were held properly in the
proposed area to elicit the views of local residents about the
project.

"We have collected information and views from local
people, officials, opponents and supporters of Posco project,
NGOs and political parties. A report will be prepared on the
basis of these inputs and submitted soon," Gupta said.

Among officials, Forest and Environment Secretary UN
Behera, Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste department
secretary Ashok Tripathy, Revenue Divisional Commissioner
(Central Division), PK Mohapatra and Jagatsinghpur district
collector N C Jena met the panel, official sources said.

PTI

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