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Creating dispensable citizens [India]

Author: Usha Ramanathan, Honorary Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, Published on: 14 April 2006

On January 2, 2006, police opened fire on tribals who were preventing the takeover of their land for setting up industries in Kalinganagar in Orissa. Twelve tribals were killed. A journey through Kalinganagar tracked the trouble unerringly to rehabilitation — or, more accurately, its absence...87 families had been evicted to set up the MESCO steel plant; five persons had been given jobs. A total of 634 families had been displaced from the site of the Neelachal Ispat Nigam Ltd., 53 people were given work. Some 430 families were displaced for Visa steel, 42 were given employment. When asked, the District Magistrate is reported to have said: "We will ask the industries to have a sympathetic look at the situation."

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Related companies: Mideast Integrated Steel (MESCO) Neelachal Ispat Nigam Visa Group Visa Steel (part of Visa Group)