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Anti-Posco activists observed Black Day, threatened to intensify struggle

Jagatsinghpur: Activists and anti-posco villagers of the area observed June 22, the day Odisha government signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Korean steel producer Posco for a 12 mpta steel plant near Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district, as black day with protest rallies held at the posco project area. The Mou was signed in 2005. Even after a decade since signing of the MoU, the dream couldn’t make any progress towards realisation.
Termed to be the largest FDI project in India, the project has been facing strong opposition from local people. Locals fear that the project would snatch their perennial sources of livelihood away for ever.
Led by Abhya Sahoo, leader of Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti, activists observed Black Day at Patana village in the project area and threatened to intensify their stir against Posco till its project is officially scrapped.
Uncertainties over realisation of the posco project has made the project supporters upset about it because they have already given their land and betel vine for the posco project but have not been provided with any employment to earn a livelihood. Many of these supporters have now joined anti-posco camp as there is very less possibility of establishment of this project in the locality.

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