Angul: In the much awaited tripartite meeting that was held on Friday, though Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) has agreed to fulfill most of the demands of the villagers affected in a violent clash between the villagers and security personnel of the company last week, it has rejected the demand to pay higher compensation to the land losers.
It is noteworthy to mention that the land losers who had stalled the construction work at Nisha had come up with many demands, most important being job to each affected family and a hike in the land price at the rate of Rs 50 lakh per acre.
However both the district administration and the JSPL officials have declined the compensation hike demand saying that the land losers have already been paid the amount earlier.
The company officials have agreed to bear the medical expenses of the injured villagers in the last week’s clash in the project premises though they were non-committal on payment of compensation to the injured. As regards to job to locals, it said, it would follow the guidelines of State Rehabilitation Policy.
The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of collector Siba Mishra, in presence of Executive Director, JSPL, Rajesh Jha and was attended by SP Satybarat Bhoi, ADM D Senapati, Sub-collector Sudarshan Parida and some representatives of the Khyatigrasta Praja Sangh.
“On the withdrawal of police cases against the agitating villagers, the villagers were told to sit with company officials at Nisha police station to resolve the issue amicably,” said a district official.
However, the decision on whether or not to end the stir is to be decided by the villagers today.