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ToDear Hon’ble President of India, Smt. Patil,Copy to:Honorable Prime Minister of India, Dr. Singh;Honorable Chief Minister of Odisha, Mr. N. Patnaik;Honorable Chief Justice of India;Smt Sonia Gandhi;Shri L.K. Advani;MPs and MLAs of Odisha;PressDear Hon’ble President of India, Smt. Patil,We the general public and intelligentsia of backward, tribal and Maoist infested area of Indiai.e. Western part of Odisha, which is historically known as Koshal are disheartened and hurtdue to recent
farmers’ death in the region in daily basis
. Odisha state Government is unableand unwilling to take appropriate step to address the problem, especially when the interest of Koshal region comes due to step-motherly attitude towards the region. The unwillingness of political leadership and govt. officials is because of grafting huge fundings from these miningand metallurgical industries.To unveil few facts and circumstances for your kind attention and adequate action, we beg tostate that
, Koshal region had been a prosperous land with abundant natural resources and self sufficient economy
. Flood was not known to Koshal region as it is situated on EasternGhat, which is hilly area and have natural drainage system. However,
there were manyoccasions of draughts due to lack of proper irrigation.
In spite of that it had been a heaven fortribal people for centuries.Hirakud dam and other dams were built by the Govt. primarily to decrease the damage byflood in Coastal Odisha and secondarily to facilitate irrigation in Koshal region (WesternOdisha including KBK). As most of the dams were built in Western Odisha, many villageswere displaced and many people lost their natural habitat. Moreover the displaced peoplewere kept away from due compensation for their irreparable damage. The act of displacingpeople without adequate compensation and forcing them to live in pity for generations isblatant violation of Right to Life conferred by Constitution of India and Human Rights.The displaced people settled in places near Hirakud Dam such as in Jharsuguda, Sambalpurand Bargarh districts.
After losing their land and not being compensated said displaced peoplebought land and lived on small income generated from their small land holdings.
Irrigationand rain saved these people from facing severe draught like situation for years.