The company operates two coal blocks of Kete Basan and Parsa East in the area. Demanding proper compensation, rehabilitation and jobs as promised earlier, local villagers began a dharna on the premises last week and forced the company to suspend all operations.
In the agreement, the company agreed to begin rehabilitation work from September 20. It was also decided that the company management and district administration would hold a monthly meeting to discuss the demands of affected villagers. If rehabilitation work doesnt begin by the given date I will lock the companys premises, ADM N Ekka told the gathering of villagers, who said that if their demands are not met they would begin fresh protests.
We welcome todays developments. We will follow the advise of the administration in true spirit, Anurag Tyagi, Liaisoning Manager of the company, said.
The villagers of Kete and Parsa lost their farmlands and forest land following the acquisition by the company. They were to be rehabilitated in the first phase but the work is not yet over. As per MoEF rules individual and community forest rights were to be implemented before diverting land but it has not yet happened, Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolans convener Alok Shukla said.