Industry and communities clash in Jharkhand [India]

Author: Moushumi Basu, Infochange News & Features [India], Published on: 1 December 2008

The rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) policy...cleared by the Cabinet of mineral-rich [state of] Jharkhand [which requires corporations to give 1% of their annual profits to adivasi landowners whose lands have been acquired]... seems to be stuck in politics. [There have been] local protests against the policy and numerous anti-displacement agitations across Jharkhand…“There should be tripartite MoUs between companies, the state government and landowners to set up industries,” says Ajay Tirkey, president, Kendriya Sarna Samiti (KSS), an organisation protesting the displacement of tribals across the state...Vijay Bhatnagar, CEO, Arcelor Mittal India, remains optimistic that dialogue will break the ongoing deadlock between the villagers over land acquisition. “We are in the middle of talks. The villagers may have genuine reasons for their grievances, but we will certainly succeed in convincing them that Jharkhand’s R&R policy will be followed both in letter and in spirit.” [also refers to Tata Steel, Jindal South West Steel Limited (JSWSL), Kohinoor Steel, Bhushan Power and Steel Limited]

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Related companies: Arcelor Mittal Bhushan Steel Jindal Tata Group Tata Iron and Steel (TISCO) (part of Tata Group)