Friday, January 28, 2011
How corporates rule our state?
Here is one of the millions of examples to show how corporates rule our state.
Newspapers have come out with the report how the local Biju Janata Dal (ruling party of the state) workers had to go for a public demonstration in front of the Bhusan Steel and Power Ltd. at Thelkuli in Rengali block of Sambalpur district demanding provision of drinking water to the Khinda, Lapanga and Thelkuli areas. It is reported that the Bhusan company was to provide drinking water to these areas and foundation stone for a drinking water supply project was laid two years back(already after so many years of neglect). But the company, backed by the history of its non compliance of all rules, had yet to do anything. Many people's agitations have been seen here for long but without any fruit. Now the party thats ruling the state has to go and sit on a Dharna before Bhusan company to provide what it has been mandated by the rules to provide.
Bhusan has been one of the forerunners in flouting environmental and other laws of the land. It has also been in the news for maximum number of worker deaths. At Bhusan, the government, the pollution control board and all other mechanisms seem to have seized to exist. It has become the king. And our government says, industrialization such as this is helping Odisha progress. There are many more notorious hats that Bhusan company wears. It has given a big damn to local employment despite several promises. Each time there is an agitation by local people the district administration assures that it will talk to the company. As if the company is God. Why cant they enforce? Time Odias ask this basic question: "who rules the state?".
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