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Local people including tribals of seven panchayats staged a demonstration in front of IMFA plant

Rayagada:27/6/18; Local people including tribals of seven panchayats staged a demonstration in front of IMFA plant at Therubali in Rayagada district on Wednesday to press for their nine-point charter of demands.

The agitators locked the main gate of the plant at 8 am and staged a demonstration in front of it. They alleged that they had earlier withdrawn their agitation after the district administration assured them that their demands would be fulfilled, but no step has been taken in this regard so far.

The agitators threatened to continue their strike and intensify it if the district officials failed to take any step in this regard.

The agitators demanded regularisation of jobs of contractual employees of the plant, basic amenities, jobs for unemployed youths of the area in the company, among other demands.

During the protest, the agitators allegedly ransacked some prosperities of the plant including machinery, CCTV cameras and lights installed near the plant gate.

Later, the agitators called off their strike after a tripartite meeting was held between the district officials, plant authorities and the agitators. At the meeting, the district officials assured the agitators of fulfilling most of their demands. The plant authorities also clarified that the demands of the local people will be fulfilled.

“Efforts are on to fulfill their demands,” said DK Mohanty, IMFA business head.

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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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