Displaced families of Maithon Power Limited, a joint venture between Tata Power and Damodar Valley Corporation are agitating at the plants main gate for the last 15 days. Families are accusing the companys management of backtracking, and partially fulfilling the demands made in the agreement.
Around 12 villages with a population of 1646 persons were displaced to pave way for the project. The joint venture acquired 565 acres of raiyati land for the project. The power plant has a capacity of 1050 MW of electricity. According to affected families, company management refuses to recognize and give them entitlement of permanent workers. They said that the agreement while negotiating the rehabilitation and resettlement package included jobs to 1646 displaced persons.
The displaced employed by the company are demanding a copy of the agreement signed between displaced and company. They are also demanding appointment letter to displaced workers who have been employed for years by the company and a permanent gate pass to enter the company.
This is not for the first time that displaced families and company management have locked horns over the unfulfilled demands. Last year, around 24 displaced workers went on indefinite hunger strike on a similar issue. Management had to bow to the demands, after health of two workers deteriorated leading to hospitalization.
Workers have warned that they will soon intensify the agitation if their demands are not met. Efforts to contact Tata Power, DVC and district administration failed despite repeated attempts.
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