Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar: Mining giant Vedanta Resources has condemned the inhuman act of chopping off of the hands of two labourers in Kalahandi district of Odisha. Executive Chairman of the London headquartered group Mr. Anil Agarwal has tweeted, “It is a paradox that Kalahandi, a Bauxite/mineral rich and labour intensive district in India, witnessed inhuman act of chopping hands of labourers.”
The incident took place earlier this month when two migrant labourers refused to move on to the neighboring state of Chhattisgarh with two labour contractors. Amid uproar from various quarters against the barbaric act, the police have arrested five people including a labour contractor and four of his associates.
Vedanta Resources, which has a greenfield refinery at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district, has always expressed its concern regarding the pitiable condition of labourers in Kalahandi, which is one of the mineral rich districts in the country. The refinery has employed as many as 7,000 people, mostly from the district, directly and indirectly apart from making a large number of families self employed, and it has been actively pursuing various means to enrich lives of the labourers and tribal people in the district.
Notably, Vedanta’s rehabilitation colony at Lanjigarh, meant for people displaced of their land for the refinery project, has been hailed as a model colony by an UNDP panel for its unique features. The company has joined hands with the state government to provide Mid Day Meal to 13,475 students from 187 schools spread across 21 gram panchayats of Lanjigarh block. A well equipped Vedanta Hospital at Lanjigarh has also been playing a critical role in addressing health issues around the area by providing free treatment to patients.