Wednesday, March 23, 2016

KDF pitches for mining as core of development in Kalahandi

Orissadiary. Match 23, 2016

Kalahandi : With Government of Odisha making a fresh bid to access the Niyamgiri bauxite, pro-development voices from the region have extended their unanimous support to this fresh move by the state Government and have lend their voice in support of mining in the district as the core for the much needed industrialisation of the district.  Spearheaded by Kalahandi Development Forum, the lead forum in support for development in the region representatives from many walks of life mainly intellectuals, youths and from the tribal community today organized a training session on ‘Effect of Mining, Industry and Agriculture on Environment’ at Bhawanipatna to discuss with prominent citizens of the region the prospects of development which mining and industry can bring into the regionand how it is going to address the dying down syndrome of development in the region which still remains a remotely backward district in the country.  Invited on the occasion, Dr. RC Mohanty, renowned geologist and Mining specialist and former executive director NALCO said that India is marching towards growth of Industrialisation. Being a mineral and natural resource rich state, Odisha is also required to come forward to sustain its dying down industries and provide requisite support to start new industries in the region. In case of Kalahandi, though it has been termed as one of the poorest district in the country, it has ample scope for development. It has a huge mineral and natural base, especially bauxite which is essentially to be mined for the much needed boost to the industrial sector particularly aluminium. He stressed thatBauxite mining never degrade the existing natural resources, rather through implementation of advanced technologies it can conserved the natural resources in a much better way. Government, NGOs and civil society must come forward together and utilise its natural resource constructively so that the area becomes developed in further periods.  Chief Guest of the programme and renowned educationalist AK Nanda also stressed the importance of the industrialisation in the district. He said that agricultural industries, mining and heavy metal industries in Kalahandi district should be given full support to work for the development of the region.  More than 70 youths, NGO members, intellectuals and members from tribal community of the district participated in the interactive session and resolved to strengthen the voice in favour of development in the days to come. They also expressed concern on the plight of industries like Vedanta refinery atLanjigarhand also resolved to garner public support in support of sustaining such industries through all possible needs.  Present on the occasion were Bharat BhusanDeo, Satya Pattnaik, Niranjan Acharya, Durga Acharya, Abdul Kadir, Nayan Das, Paramanandamajhi, Saroj dash and Aseswar Bag among others where as Dr. Ajaya Mishra coordinated the whole program. - 
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