This petition closed 12 months ago
Women, children, men, youth and village elders in project affected villages have repeatedly suffered the brutality of the Odisha State and are yet determined not to allow the POSCO project to come up here.
---your signature would mean that you stand with them in their fight and that they are not alone.
The Forests Rights Act, 2006 was enacted to correct historical injustices of denial of forest rights of tribals and other traditional forest dwellers (OTFD). The POSCO undertaking would perpetuate the very same injustices of wresting away the forest rights from the tribals, other traditional forest dwellers(OTFD) and villagers.
--- Your signature would mean that you stand in support of the Tribals and that it matters to preserve and respect their way of life.
It would take a terrible heart to destroy what has been built here through painstaking and laborious efforts of the local communities. So deep are their bonds with this productive land that the sentiment is best expressed by Ranjan Swain, a leader of the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samithi, who feels "Dispossession from this rich land is like chopping off one's hands and being left to fend for oneself".
--- Your signature would mean that your voice is one with the people of Odisha in declaring that these lands be allowed to remain and flourish in the hands of the villagers/tribes/forest dwellers of Odisha and that it rightfully belongs to them and not make these people landless and rightless.
Total land sanctioned for the steel-power-port component of the POSCO project: is 4,004 acres
Additional land required:
Mining project: 6,100 acres in Kandadhar Hills of Sundergarh District
Townships: 2,000 acres (1,500 acres at steel plant and 500 acres at mine)
Further demands of land that remain unquantified:
Land for the dedicated rail linkage from the mine to port not yet
assessed, Land for rail, road linkages around the steel plant and port
Land for the dedicated water linkage from Jobra Barrage
(Source: MOU between POSCO and Odisha Government)
6100 acres of forest lands could now be converted into a mega mining ground and the iron ore extracted all to be exported.
The cumulative impact of loss of forests has now resulted in forest cover in India being spread over less than 10% of the geographical area, down from about 50% at the turn of the 19th century.
---Your signature recognizes the essential impetus to preserve the treasure trove of our fast disappearing forests for future generations of all the living and non-living beings that have every right to exist, live and thrive on this Mother Earth.