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Yesterday’s ‘encroachers’ are today’s rights-holders

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Manshi Asher in Infochange India

The local communities of these three panchayats, under the banner of the POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti, have been resisting POSCO’s project for almost three years. They maintain that their vibrant and self-sufficient local economy based on betel leaf, cashew and paddy cultivation, pisciculture and fishing will be destroyed, rendering them homeless and jobless if the steel plant and port come up. The government and the company in question have been doggedly pursuing efforts to ‘clear the land of people’, with the argument that the plant, port and mines together will generate 45,000 jobs and unprecedented revenue for the state.

Written by janjagriti

October 12, 2008 at 7:19 pm

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