Corporate Terror Against the Adivasis of Kalingnagar

  

Statement of Protest by Janpaksh 

 

Yesterday (31st March, 2010) in Kalinga Nagar industrial complex in Orissa's Jajpur district heavily armed para-military force brutally attacked the adivasis who are resisting the construction of 7.5 km road, being constructed for Tata (the biggest Indian industrial house) upcoming project.

 

The adivasi villages have been razed and houses demolished. In Balligotha village firing on adivasis took place injuring about 15 persons. One of them who is seriously injured has been whisked away by the police. This brutal attack is organized after days of preparation in order to put down the resistance of adivasis against Tatas project which will displace thousands of families. About 25 platoons of police and paramilitary forces have been deployed and the district administration has started construction in Kalinga Nagar industrial area of Common Corridor Road (CCR).

 

The state government has been falsely claiming that the land it wants to acquire is wasteland, while the reality is something diametrically different. This area that has been called as the core zone consists of green hills with rich forests, tribal settlements of more than ten thousand people spread over two gram panchayats, agricultural lands, ancient tanks, grazing fields, village common lands and roads. Twenty per cent of the Project area has quality forest where timber species like Sal, Kuruma, Vandan, Ashan and Piasal, besides Mahula, Kendu are plentily available. The total area of waste land is less than 5 acres on the Northern side.

 

The Orissa government till date has signed nearly 40 MoUs with various industrial houses and groups to set up their plants in Orissa out of which 13 plants are planned in Kalinga Nagar of Jajpur district The government has been equally brutal against the tribal communities gathered at Maikanch and Kashipur in protest against Utkal Alumina Project, whereby three tribals were killed in Maikanch in the recent past. The government has come out openly as the hireling of the exploitative capitalists, at the expense of the poor and the voiceless. It has been brazenly trampling upon the basic right of livelihood of the local population with impunity

 

This is not the first time in Kaling Nagar that the state and its armed forces have proved to be so brazenly vindictive, aligning with the industrialists at the cost of local communities. In the past also it has used its force to silence the resistance of the poor. Four years ago in police firing 14 tribals, including three women, were murdered, on January 2, 2006 while opposing forcible land acquisition by the Tata Steel for its proposed steel project in the area. The same saga is being repeated today.

 

We severely condemn this barbarous attack on adivasis by the police and para-military forces who are acting as a hired mercenary of Tata Steel company and demand that it should immediately stop the construction work of the Common Corridor Road project as it will be built on fertile farm land and the community land of the tribals who are the real owner of this land.

 

We appeal to all the organizations and concerned citizens to raise their voice against the Fascist predatory tendencies of the Govt and express solidarity with the belligerent tribals of Kalinga Nagar.

Sudesh Kumar

J H A R K H A N D

www.jharkhand.org.uk

 

Email: sudesh.kumar@jharkhand.org.uk or, sudesh.kumar@jharkhand.org.in

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12 Responses to Corporate Terror Against the Adivasis of Kalingnagar

  1. Anonymous says:

    With demand for steel becoming stronger, Tata Steel is expanding its production capacity in India and has some Greenfield projects under implementation, including the one at Kalinganagar Industrial complex at Jajpur in Orissa. The company signed the MoU for this steel project at Orissa on Nov 17, 2004. The MoU was signed by Mr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Principal Secretary (Steel & Mines) on behalf of Government of Orissa and by Mr. B. Muthuraman, the former Managing Director of Tata Steel, in a ceremony at the State Secretariat in Bhubaneswar, in the presence of the Chief Minister of Orissa, Mr. Naveen Patnaik, Chairman of Tata Group, Mr. Ratan Tata, Managing Director of Tata Steel, Mr. H. M. Nerurkar and many other dignitaries.As per the MoU, the Government of Orissa agreed to provide 3,471.808 acres of land, which was acquired in 1992 through Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa to set up the steel plant at Kalinganagar. The total number of extended families being rehabilitated for this project will be about 1195.Preliminary work focusing on land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement work is in progress at the moment. When complete, the Kalinganagar project is slated to bring significant breakthrough in the overall development of the State.Relocation of people has an enormous socio-economic & psychological impact. At such vulnerable times, the ‘reassurance’ that life would not only be the same, but much better, is of utmost importance.Therefore, Tata Steel recognises the need to handle the resettlement and rehabilitation of project affected families with utmost care. It has designed its R&R. Programme to provide a fair and an innovative compensation package that encompasses all aspects of personal as well as community development. The Company is considering the people displaced by the upcoming Greenfield projects as part of its own family, the ‘Tata Steel Parivar’. The scheme is more focused, with special attention being paid to each individual family. 4 ‘R’ Theme of the ‘Tata Steel Parivar’ Rehabilitation Scheme includes: -· Reassuring Communication – ‘The Vision for a Better Tomorrow’· Resettling the Displaced Population with Care· Rehabilitation – Ensuring Better Quality of Life, Income & Happiness· Re-Check Implementation through self & independent social auditsTata Steel’s Resettlement and Rehabilitation policy reaches well beyond the scope of the Government’s R&R policy in order to ensure maximum benefit for the affected families. That includes:Proper Communication: – Tata Steel has a strong communication team that tells each family about their benefits and entitlements with active facilitation from all stakeholders with the help of detailed family mapping. Resettling at a New Place: – Every kind of assistance is provided to each family during the process of resettlement. Transit accommodation facilities are provided for comfortable stay till the families build their permanent houses. Transit camps have all the basic amenities like water supply, electricity supply, ration, community space etc. Ensuring Better Quality of Life, Income & Happiness: – In order to ensure visible growth in the lifestyle of the rehabilitated families Tata Steel has created manifold facilities in –Education & Technical Training: – Tata Steel has taken care of the youths of displaced families to ensure a bright future for them. Balwadis and schools are set up for the furtherance of education along with scholarships for meritorious students. Medical Services: – Tata Steel also provides medical services to the displaced families in the colonies. Medical vans visit colonies regularly with medical supplies and treat the ailing. Critically ill patients are sent to Hi-tech medical College at Bhubaneswar.Women Empowerment: – Tata Steel has created 24 SHG groups for the empowerment of women among the displaced families. It provides various livelihood trainings so that women can become self-sufficient.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Report by Orissadiary correspondent; Kalinganagar: Panchayati Raj Institutions members Sukinda and Dhangadi blocks of Jajpur district wherein Kalinganagar Industrial Complex is located condemn vested interests for blocking the development in Kalinganagar. They says in a press statement to Orissadiary.com that it is extremely unfortunate that various activists and self centered vested interests are blocking the development of our Kalinganagar Industrial Complex by using the miscreants of so called Bistapana Birodhi Mancha. The miscreants under the banner of Bistapana Birodhi Mancha have been torturing the local poor tribals and making money for their personal benefits. Some local industries are also supporting the miscreants of Bistapana Birodhi Mancha (BBJM) by financing through anti-national activists. These miscreants have never allowed entry of democratic political parties into the red area of Kalinganagar. Even with the help of extreme left parties like CPI(ML) and their associates, the BBJM strongly crticised national leaders like Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Atal Bihari Bjapayee, Lal Krisnha Adavani apart from Naveen Pattnaik in the recent past. They even termed these leaders as “DALALS”. From this it is clear that BBJM is under the control of extreme left wing elements like that of CPI(ML) and their associates and trying to use the mainline political parties like that Congress, BJP, CPI, CPM for getting the support of the people.The recent unfortunate death of Laxman Jamuda in Kalinganagar have become rallying point of politics by BBJM and their activists and CPI(ML) friends. We appeal all the Political Parties and clear thinking citizens of Orissa not to again fall into the trap of supporting Bistapana Birodhi Mancha and their extreme left wing activists friends, as substantial foreign funding is coming to these people not to allow Kalinganagar Industrial Complex to grow.They said in a statement that we the sarpanches and samiti members of Kalinganagar strongly denounce the opportunistic nasty politics played by the BBJM along with their activists friends to stop our people’s devlopment in Kalinganagar and once again appeal to all mainline democratic political parties not to support them.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Industrialization brings socio-economic development to the society. It provides education, employability with many other parallel facilities like better lifestyle, healthcare system etc. But unfortunately the development of 6 million tonne project by Tata Steel at Kalinganagar is facing much hindrance from a selected group of people having some unusual motive. Tata Steel assures relocation of each and every affected family with better & improved lifestyle. Tata Steel has taken the initiative to spread 100% education (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqOSvggc0PY) among the tribal people of Kalinganagar, empowered the women to become earning members of the family, providing modernized medical services to the displaced members of Kalinganagar.So, when Tata Steel is actually adding benefits to the tribal society of Kalinganagar and even the displaced members themselves are happy with the industrialization, which are the people who do not want development of the Kalinganagar tribal society or does not want the development of our nation?Are they competitors of Tata Steel or anti India development group receiving motivation from internationalists?

  4. Anonymous says:

    At Kalingangar in Jajpur district of Odisha, Tata Steel for its rehabilitated families known as Tata Steel Parivar has initiated an innovative step for the all round development of the relocated families of Kalinganagar. While Tata Steel is setting up a 6 million ton steel plant in Kalinganagar, it has also given a guarantee for improving the quality of life of Kalinganagar people under Tata Steel Parivar. Its innovative efforts for their sustainable development has started to blossom in Kalinga Nagar. One of the initiatives of this kind is the herbal garden on two acres land led by rehabilitated tribal at Gobarghati Tata Parivar Rehabilitation Colony of Kalinga Nagar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJJ8NO8FUCY). In this path breaking initiative of herbal gardening, the officials of Tata Steel imparted basic skills and know-how to the involved families to start a demonstration unit spread over 2 acres. This has been developed keeping in mind the elderly and widowed displaced families, who find it difficult to train in technical skills and would prefer to stick to their traditional skills related to farm. The key objective of this demonstration unit is to demonstrate economic, environmental and medicinal benefit to the displaced families of Kalinga Nagar, so that, they can ensure replication for setting up commercial herbal gardening ventures. The herbal nursery was first started with five relocated families. The two-acre garden consists of mostly medicinal plants like Catheranthus roseus, Aloevera etc. Along with medicinal flowering species seasonal flowers like Balsam, Antirrahinum, Inca Marigold, Verbina, Catharanthus Rosas, Celocia, Salvia, Dianthus etc and exotic vegetables including lettuce, celery, parsley and broccoli are also being grown.While the herbal garden will provide earning opportunities to the members of Tata Steel Parivar, it is also a key step for protecting the valuable herbs available in the Kalinganagar locality. So, when Tata Steel is actually contributing to the socio-economic development of rural Odisha, we, as responsible citizens of India should support the efforts of Tata Steel for the betterment of Odisha as well as our country.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Tata Steel built Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences – Premier Educational Institution.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqOSvggc0PY

  6. Anonymous says:

    Tata Steel Paribars – the rehabilitated families in Kalinganagar in Jajpur district of Orissa have achieved two Millennium Development Goals of United Nations well before the timelines of 2015 AD. While the first Millennium Development has set a time line of 2015 to ensure Universal Primary Education, the second millennium development goal stresses upon removal of gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2015 AD.Tata Steel which has given a guarantee to improve the quality of life substantially within five years for the rehabilitated families of Tata Steel Paribar at Kalinganagar, have already achieved this in the field of education within first four years of rehabilitation at Kalinganagar. The Rehabilitation and Resettlement team of Tata Steel ensures and motivates all the children above the age of 3 to attend a school starting from Balwadis operating in the rehabilitation townships and monitors & tracks the performance of each child. This has ensured Zero School dropout amongst the children of rehabilitated families. It may be noted that while the country’s elementary school dropout rate is around 23% and that of Orissa is around 26%. Further constant persuasion with the parents and facilitating in creating opportunities in boarding schools including that in KISS have ensured 100% education for the girl child of Tata Steel Paribar starting from primary levels to secondary level and higher professional levels like that of Engineering, Business Management etc.Another impressive achievement for Tata Steel Paribars at kalingangar is the drastic jump of the literacy levels from 45% ( in 2005) to 65% in 2010 amongst its members. Computer Based Functional Literacy (CBFL) through 6 Adult literacy centers has been giving participants the opportunity to acquire literacy skillsEducation in Tata Steel Parivar is being handled through 12 education centers currently running at five locations catering to 105 children in the age group of 3 to 5 years and 122 children in 6 to 14 years age group. A thorough monitoring system on monthly basis is in place to track performance of children in acquiring language and arithmetic skills through these centers. Children are also provided with novel opportunities to expose themselves into various extra curricular activities to foster the spirit of creativity, inquisitiveness, self motivation and discipline for a harmonious well being of mental and physical health. In the past years series of workshops were held on creative writing, painting, dramatics etc and children came out with flying colors displaying their latent talents and got awarded in different creative pursuits on the occasion of Sishu Mela. Since last year an annual children’s magazine viz. Ama Prathama Lekha is being published capturing children’s expectations, aspirations, whims and fancies in their writing.In order to ensure quality education for Tata Steel Parivar children, the capacities of the teachers are being built through specific training programs conducted by the experts from ‘Prathama Orissa’. The programs update teachers’ teaching techniques and hone their skills in innovative teaching and learning methods.As many as 159 tribal children have been enrolled in the residential schools in the district and 50 children have got the opportunity of studying in one of the premier schools in Orissa viz. Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS). In addition to the residential schools, as many as 213 children are in schools as day scholars.While education gives the ability to comprehend information, Sports inculcates the sense of discipline, develops the spirit of competition and the ability to thrive in adverse situations without compromising on the values.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The local people were never against the idea of an Industrial Complex at Kalinganagar and accepted the land compensation willingly. But when it came to the actual process of displacement and relocation, they were led astray by activists who took every measure to create unfounded doubts in their minds, leading to a general feeling of hostility towards industrialisation. Be it the anti-Vedanta movement in Puri and Lanjigarh, the anti-POSCO movement in Erasama, the movement against Bhusan Steel and Sterlite industries or the agitations against Tata Steel’s project in Kalinganagar – it has been a connived resistance that has ruthlessly used innocent people as mere tools. Though at the moment the agitations against Tata Steel in Kalinganagar are most concentrated, the air is tense in Kalahandi and Dhinkia too. Everywhere, the underlining story is that of the local people’s misfortune, created and carried on by miscreants in their own interest.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Odisha is a living example of how industrialisation has changed the scenario of a state that was once considered economically backward. Tata Steel has taken several initiatives for the displaced people of Kalinganagar. It has given several earning opportunities for both men and women. Poultry farming, phenyl making and similar other work has proved to be stable income generating vocations for the Tata Steel Parivar members. Tata Steel has also given importance to education and apart from setting up and supporting primary education centers, the Company has started a scholarship programme. Abhijit Nayak from Chandia Village is one of those students who have been benefited by these initiatives of Tata Steel. To know more about Abhijit Nayak’s success story, and to get an idea about the several improvement initiatives that have helped to enhance the quality of life at Kalinganagar, please watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbMTyhDUpAI.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The surest way to help people is to lead them to the path of both economic and social empowerment. Therefore, Tata Steel does not only take care of the material benefits of Tata Steel Parivar members but also enables them to find sustainable means of income generation. In Orissa, the company has paid special attention to the empowerment of women by setting up and supporting Self Help Groups in various fields. So, rural and tribal women can actually choose the vocation that best suits individual capabilities and Tata Steel also helps them to get special training to optimise benefits. You may get an idea about the range of activities by visiting the following link – http://kalinganagar.tatasteel.com/events/Tata-Steel-empowering-SHGs.asp

  10. Anonymous says:

    Tata Steel’s endeavor to provide the tribal villagers with a better life has not ended with just a few projects. But what amazes me is that in spite of all its initiatives, certain groups and people still continue to blame the Company. TSRDS Joda Unit has given the tribal villagers of Bichakundi several other earning opportunities. The two SHGs named Tulsi SHG and Sri Ganesh SHG have been started with the aim of bringing socio-economic development in the Village. It has given a lot of technical and material support to the villagers so that they can pursue papad making, bodi making, mushroom cultivation and other such activities. This is just one of the innumerable efforts that Tata Steel has taken for the under-privileged people. Tata Steel is truly a company for which social responsibility holds the most importance. To know more about this initiative of Tata Steel, please click on the given link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX_I2Edt5uw.

  11. Anonymous says:

    VVJM members and Naxalites are enduring their war against industrialization in Kalinganagar at Odisha. Kalinganagar have become the playing ground for Naxalites and they are helping VVJM to strengthen the war against industrialization. VVJM has also started extorting ransom from the local industries to run it’s antisocial activities. As per the data they are collecting more than Rs.100crores per annum and investing these money in purchasing sophisticated arms to fight against local police if needed. Their activities was seen recently in a blast carried out by it’s activist in Tata Steel’s Gobarghati Transit colony at Kalinganagar Industrial Complex. These activities proofs, how Naxalites & VVJM members are creating blockage in the path of development of this region & nation. Watch this video, it describes a lot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNbHMkqMxPc

  12. Anonymous says:

    The Kalinganagar Industrial Complex is integrally related to the vision of a resurgent Odisha. Today, Orissa is at the juncture of a socio-economic resurgence that is primarily caused by several colossal industrial initiatives undertaken in the state. In addition, the steady growth of medium and small-scale enterprises is adequate proof that the people of Odisha are welcoming in a new era of prosperity.

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