Jajang (Odisha): Country’s leading steel producer, JSW Steel Limited has always valued the opinions of local people before initiating any projects in any area. The company has a tradition of eliciting opinions, demands through consultative process and executing them properly.

Carrying forward the same, a two-day Gram Sabha for JSW Steel’s Jajang Iron Ore Mines to obtain forest clearance was organised peacefully in the presence of a huge number of local residents, government officials and JSW authorities.

Gram Sabha was held in four villages like Jajang, Jaribar, Palasa (Ka) and Bandhubeda in two days. The meet was organised to address demands of the local people. This concerns over 4500 people in the neighboring villages.

A Jajang resident Bhimsen Luhar said: “I support JSW. Mines in here should be handed over to the company. But I urge the JSW authorities to initiate water supply of 24/7 to each house.
I also request to install sintex in every house for the adequate and uninterrupted drinking water.”

The residents also requested the company authorities to offer employment opportunities to all youth as per their capacities and qualifications. Resident Sura Thile said: “We seek employments from the company to our local youth. They should be employed as early as possible as per their qualifications.”

Meanwhile, Renga Majhi drew the attention over the poor health facilities available in Jajang village. Majhi requested JSW to facilitate an ambulance in the village for immediate response to the emergency.

Resident of Palasa (Ka) Narayan Barik urged the authorities to facilitate the basic amenities for the village. Many people prioritised on adequate drinking water and road construction here.

JSW authorities attentively heard and noted the demands of people and assured them expedite their asked facilities as early as possible.

In this regard, JSW CSR Head Prasanta Biswal said, “We have noted the demands made by the residents. The company is committed to deliver all their requests. The list of facilities will be served on priority basis.”