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BJD came down heavily on Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram for his statement

Bhubaneswar:6/1/18; Terming the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre as anti-tribal, the BJD on Friday came down heavily on Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram for his statement in Parliament on Thursday that no tribal from Odisha would be affected by the Polavaram project.

Accusing the Centre as well as Oram of misleading the Rajya Sabha as well as the people off Odisha, the BJD sought an apology from him and said that it will intensify its fight against the controversial project till the state’s demands are met.

In his reply to the Upper House of Parliament Oram had said that no tribal family from Orissa will be affected by the Polavaram project if the government of Andhra Pradesh constructs an embankment to check the flow of water into its border areas.

The Union Minister had stated that 17,444 tribal people of north AP will be displaced. But, the project will not cause harm to anyone from Orissa and Chhattisgarh. However, taking strong exception to Oram’s statement, BJD general secretary Sanjay Das Burma said that Oram’s remark exposes how the Centre is helping the AP government undermining the interests of Odisha.

A total of 6,818 persons, including 5,916 tribals, will be displaced as 25 habitations with 15 revenue villages and 10 hamlets will be submerged and 7,656 hectares will be flooded due to the Polavaram project,” Das Burma said, adding, “The statement of the Union minister is nothing but a betrayal of the state, especially the tribals affected by the project in Malkangiri district.”

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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