Former MLA demands return of land acquired by Tata Steel

The hunger strike started by former MLA N.Narayan Reddy and CPI activists at Chatrapur over issues related to development of Ganjam district continued for the second day on Wednesday.

According to Mr Reddy, he is continuing indefinite hunger strike while his party compatriots were sitting on relay hunger strike along with him. On Wednesday, Chatrapur sub-collector met Mr Reddy and held discussion reading the agitation and demands.

“The sub-collector informed that the district administration would hold a meeting regarding our demands on Thursday,” Mr Reddy said. Regarding withdrawal of agitation the decision would be taken by the party rather than me, he added.

Mr Reddy had started indefinite hunger strike in front collector's office at Chatrapur from Tuesday. Various trade unions, organisations of women, students and peasants attached to the CPI have also expressed solidarity to the agitation over 10 demands.

 It may be noted that Mr Reddy had led the anti-Tisco agitation in Ganjam district. So, the major demand is related to the land acquired by the company in the district for its now shelved mega-Steel project. Tata Steel had acquired 4,905 acres of for the project. Mr Reddy said if the company has no plans to have a steel plant then it should return the fertile agricultural land to the displaced farmers rather than using it for any other purpose.

It may be noted that Tata Steel plans to have a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on the large chunk of this procured land.