Tribals launch protest again at IMFA in Rayagada

Rayagada: Over a month after, local tribal people again staged a demonstration in front of the main gate of IMFA plant at Therubali in the district on Wednesday protesting that promises made by the company on their demands have remained unfulfilled.

The agitators alleged that they had withdrawn their 18-day protest on May 11 after the company authorities assured them of fulfilling their demands. But no heed has so far been paid in this regard.

They warned to intensify their strike, if the company fails to fulfil their demands.

The locals including tribals of seven panchayats started their protest to press for their nine-point charter of demands that include regularisation of jobs of contractual employees, basic amenities and jobs for unemployed local youths in the company.

Jitu Jakasika, the tribal leader who is leading the protest, said the company authorities promised to fulfil the demands in 30 days. But, 45 days have already elapsed, but measures have been taken regarding the matter, he added. The protests are being carried out in a democratic manner.

During the last protest, the agitators had ransacked the machinery, furniture, CCTV cameras and lights installed near the factory gate.

On the other hand, company authorities clarified that it is sad to see such protest again when the company has already initiated process to fulfil their demands.


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