Monday, January 17, 2011

Vedanta Group Chairman Anil Agarwal meets Ramesh.

Dear All,

Please read the following news to know how Odisha's real God now meets Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh as his worshipers and agents in the state fail to do that job.  I am sure a hefty bribe must be in cards as the eco criminal tries to pursue for the licence to kill Niyamgiri's pristine ecology and species that abode those.  The real test for Mr. Ramesh is now.  It would be interesting to see if the Minister succumbs to the Villain or punishes him for the blatant violations he has already done of the environmental laws of the land.  

I am sure the Swabhimani Odias of the state will also oppose this move of a fraud who did not even restrain from grabbing Lord Jagannath's land in fraudulent manners.  Or our love and respect for the Lord is only limited to restricting some white skins from entering into the premises of the temple?  Time the people of the state and the real Netas recognize this dangerous element and teach him a good lesson for all the violations he has already made.

And for those who still feel that he is the God and is the messiah of Odisha's development (even some have started lobbying as to how schools, hospitals, roads and nothing is possible with out the Vedanta group in Kalahandi and other parts of Odisha), please have a look at the news to know who goes to whom?  It is our government who is supposed to provide us all these and no Corporate. And even if it is some corporate it cannot be the ones who are blatant violators of the laws of the land.  

Ranjan Panda

Vedanta Group Chairman Anil Agarwal meets Ramesh

Press Trust of India / New Delhi January 17, 2011, 17:35 IST

Vedanta Group Chairman Anil Agarwal today met Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and sought clearance for Vedanta Alumina Limited's (VAL) Stage-II bauxite mining project in Orissa.

Sources in the Ministry said the Vedanta chief requested Ramesh to reconsider his decision to reject its Stage-II bauxite mining in Niyamgiri Hills for Lanjigarh refinery.

The Minister pointed out the case filed by VAL challenging the Centre's decision was currently before the Orissa High Court but asked Agarwal to "make a fresh application" before the Ministry, sources said.

Later, when asked about the meeting and whether the project was discussed, Agarwal said, "we discussed it."

The Orissa High Court will be hearing the case on February 2.

Besides the VAL, Orissa government too has filed separate petitions relating to the case while several PILs, including one by Lanjigarh Anchalika Vikash Parishad, were also filed in the HC seeking to quash the October 22, 2010 notice of Environment Ministry.

Disallowing mining in Niyamgiri Hills of Kalahandi district, the Ministry had scrapped the proposal of six-fold capacity of the refinery from one million tonne per annum capacity to six million tonne per annum.

The Ministry had stopped sourcing raw material for Vedanta’s Lanjigarh refinery from mines for not having environmental clearance.

The Ministry had asked Jharkhand government to ensure that mines from the state supplying raw material to Vedanta refinery get environmental clearance.

The Centre had ordered the Vedanta to immediately halt expansion work of the refinery project asking the company to fulfil a number of conditions before operating its existing alumina refinery.

It was alleged that Vedanta was in illegal possession of 26 hectares of forest land and it was in an expansion mode to enhance its capacity.

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