August 2, 2013 2:46:34 am
Tribals in Rayagada district dashed Vedanta Aluminas hopes of mining the Niyamgiri hills further after the ninth pallisabha at Lamba village of the district on Thursday unanimously rejected the idea.
Braving intermittent rain,the 38 voters in the remote village of Lamba told the officials that under no circumstances would they allow mining. Niyamgiri is our doctor. We dont go anywhere to treat our sick. We are happy living with tigers and bears in our area, said a tribal in the pallisabha meeting.
Earlier,eight other gram sabhas in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts had turned down the proposal. Three more pallisabhas will be held in Rayagada district,to be completed by August 19. These are Lakhapadar (August 8),Khambesi (August 13) and Jarpa (August 19).
Meanwhile,Union Minister of State for Programme Implementation and Statistics Srikant Jena demanded that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik resign for the state governments false affidavit in Supreme Court that the tribals in the area approved mining on Niyamgiri. The rejection of mining by tribals has proved that the state government submitted a false affidavit in SC, said Jena.
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