Dongria Kondhas give memorandum to District Collector demanding Industry
“Provide electricity, water and roads, give industry and development to the adivashi”, this was one of the slogans of more than 400 tribal Dongria Kondhas living at the foothills of the Niyamgiri hills who gathered atto give a memorandum to the District Collector of , Orissa demanding industrialization and development.
In the memorandum, the tribal people demanded development, health, education for their children which industrialization will bring with it. To give the memorandum to the District Collector, the Dongria Kondhas had arranged a rally of more than 400 people from Town Hall to the office of the District Collector at Bhawanipatna.
Speaking on the occasion, Dhan Majhi, President of Niyamgiri Adivasi Vikash Parisad, said, “Our children also need educated, they need good health and life style. For this industrialization is necessary in our area.”
Katli Majhi, President, Dongria Kondha Unnayan Samiti, said, “Industrialization brings a lot of livelihood to our family members. Women members of the Dongria Kondhas are earning a good amount of money due to Vedanta’s efforts. For the sake of development we need industrialization at any cost.” They have also stated that Central Government's decision to stall Vedanta Aluminum project at Lanjigarh is the most unfortunate incident in the history of Kalahandi district and is not good for the Kondhas.
A similar rally was organized by more than 300 Dongria Kondhas at Rayagada to give a memorandum to the District Collector. Here also a rally was organized demanding industry and development.