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Land of poor and tribals would not be acquired without consulting with them:AICC President

Rourkela :6/2/19: AICC President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said Congress party if voted to power will bring out legislation the legitimate rights of poor tribal people over land and water resources.

Gandhi, addressing a public meeting in Rourkela today, said the land of poor and tribals would not be acquired without consulting with them.

The tribals would be paid four times the market price if their land is acquired for industrial purpose. land. In the event the acquired land could not be used for industrial purpose would be returned back to tribal landowners, he said while adding that Congress if voted to power will formulate legislation in this regard for protection rights of tribals across the country.

“We have already implemented it in Chattishgarh. The Congress-led government in Chattishgarh has already returned the land which was acquired for TATA Group’s project to tribals as no project had come up in five years,” he told the gathering.

The land owned by the tribal will be taken up for acquisition if they volunteer to give away their land, he said.

Highlighting the poor state of health service in Odisha, Gandhi recalled the unsavoury episode of tribal man Dana Majhi being forced to shoulder the corpse of his spouse and trekking ten kilo metres to cremate the body some time back as ambulance service had eluded him.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik kept mum and did not beg apology. If such an incident would have taken place in Congress-ruled State, I would have forced the concerned Chief Minister to tender apology, he said.

About Ashok Palit

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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