‘15,000 families were rendered jobless, but no industries have been set up’

Problems of the evacuees of the Kakinada Special Economic Zone (KSEZ) were discussed at length at the district level vigilance and monitoring committee meeting held here on Saturday. Representatives of dalit organisations and employees associations from various parts of the district participated in the meeting.

Highlighting the issue of unemployment at the KSEZ evacuees colony, the representatives told Collector Neetu Prasad that an extent of 10,500 acres of land had been acquired at Tondangi and U. Kothapalli eight years ago, rendering 15,000 families jobless. They said that because of the non-starter of the industries, the evacuees were suffering badly and claims pertaining to their ex-gratia were in pending. They urged the Collector to look into the issue and ensure employment to the evacuees, as most of them were from the SC and ST categories.

Ms. Neetu said that the evacuees submitted 50 demands on which discussions were going on with the GMR Company, the promoter of the KSEZ. She said that higher officials of the GMR assured that a good number of issues would be sorted out in six months from now. Orderes were issued to the project director of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme to provide employment to as many people as possible from the evacuees’ colony.

Referring to the sub-plan funds, Ms. Neetu said that the funds would be released directly to the habitations from April onwards, for which habitations with majority population of SCs and STs had to be identified. She said that infrastructure would be developed and facilities would be created in the habitations with the sub-plan funds. Officials of the revenue, social welfare and other departments were present.

  • Meeting of district-level vigilance and monitoring committee held

  • Evacuees submitted 50 demands on which discussions were going on with the GMR