The six-day ‘padayatra' of activists of Niyamgiri Surakhya Samity (NSS) and tribal organisation Lok Sangram Manch (LSM) concluded at Trimayee village near Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district on Tuesday.
These activists walked over 80 kilometres of arduous terrain of Niyamgiri hill to touch more than 40 tribal villages to be affected by the proposed bauxite mining project of Vedanta Alumina Limited (VAL) in Niyamgiri area. They were led by president of NSS Lada Sikaka and LSM leader Haribandhu Kadraka. This ‘padayatra' had started from Muniguda in Rayagada district on May 12.
It was an effort to create awareness against the State government's decision to approach Supreme Court advocating bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri region by Vedanta Alumina Limited (VAL) and enliven the tribal agitation continuing against the VAL project.
The ‘padayatra' culminated in a public meeting at Trimayee.
This meeting chaired by tribal leader Dania Bag was attended by president of Mr. Sikaka, Subash Kulusika, Dadi Kusika, Kusanath Pradhan. Social activist Lingaraj Azad was also present in the meeting.
They alleged that a conspiracy was still on to allow VAL mine Niyamgiri in which political leaders of both the State and Central government were part.
Alleged neglect and betrayal of families already displaced by the VAL alumina project was also an issue in the meeting.
It may be noted that since more than a month a group of persons displaced by the VAL project are sitting on a dharna in front of VAL Alumina refinery at Lanjigarh demanding proper rehabilitation.