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Panem promise ends stir

Dumka, Dec. 7: Congress leader Stephen Marandi called off their anti-Panem agitation this evening after the chairman of the company promised to honour all provisions of a 2006 agreement to benefit residents displaced by its coal project in Pakur.

Stephen Marandi and JVM chief Babulal Marandi, who led the 21-day agitation against Panem Coal Mines Limited in Pachuara, met company CMD Ujjwal Upadhyay along with Santhal Pargana commissioner Avinash Kumar. Upadhyay assured them that a Plus Two school and hospital would be set up in six months.

“The Panem CMD has agreed to provide irrigation facility to the farmers in the affected area, besides electricity, employment and adequate compensation to landlosers who have been long deprived,” said Anil Murmu, convener of Rajmahal Pahar Bachao Andolan Samiti, the outfit which had signed the MoU with Panem.

Panem’s operations were disrupted since November 16 when the two Marandis sat on a dharna demanding that the company complete all welfare projects it had promised.

An economic blockade by JVM also stalled transportation of coal by Panem to Punjab, resulting in power shortage in the state, with pressure piling on the Jharkhand government to intervene.


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