Bhubaneswar: A day after the Orissa
government sought a report on the alleged "misuse" of children
in anti-Posco agitation, authorities in Jagatsinghpur district on Tuesday said kids were motivated to join the stir by their
parents and Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS).
The District Social Welfare Officer submitted the report
to the collector, giving details on the condition of children
taking part in anti-Posco agitation in Dhinkia area within the
deadline set by Women and Child Development Minister Anjali
Behera, officials said.
DSWO Kumudini Sahu, who had rushed to Dhinkia Area to
study the condition of the children, stated in the report that
the kids were being motivated by their parents as well as PPSS
to participate in the agitation against Posco steel project,
Taking a serious note of alleged "misuse" of children in
anti-Posco agitation, the minister had yesterday asked the
DSWO to give a report on the condition of kids, who had
participated in the anti-Posco agitation.
Meanwhile, the School and Mass Education Department today
asked the district authorities to furnish information on the
circumstances under which the children took part in the dharna
last week though their schools had reopened after summer
vacation, officials said.
Sources said there are three schools in Dhinkia area
including a high school and the government was worried over
absence of so many students from schools.
PPSS leaders, however, countered the government saying
schools had on several occasions been used to accommodate
police personnel, affecting student`s education in the past,
and now the government has no right to enquire about their