KALINGA NAGAR MASSACRE: GOVT. AFRAID OF FORMING HOUSE COMMITTEE

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Opposition in its entirety has refused the so-called All-Party-Legislators-Meeting conveyed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the matter of rehabilitation of people affected by project-linked displacement and demanded that the State Assembly being in the midst of an ongoing motion on the subject, such a meeting could induce confusion besides being barren.

A House Committee may be the appropriate forum to look in-depth into the issue and to suggest remedial measures, if any, the Opposition opined. But the CM has refused to agree. It seems the government is afraid of forming the House Committee as such a Committee would legally be entitled to find out the root that masterminded the massacre or behind the screen villain that precipitated the mayhem.

The Opposition argument is politically motivated, allege the ruling allies. Biswabhusan Harichandan, who was blamed by the Opposition during debates in the House as a man that despite being the Industry Minister had not the slightest humanitarian responsibility of getting himself personally apprised of the misfortune the Kalinga Nagar industrial shenanigans have subjected our poor tribals to, boasted after the CM’s meeting that the best rehabilitation policy would be soon framed up by Orissa.

The House as well as the people of the State shall, however, wait till 15th to see what the CM says.

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