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About 50K Chhattisgarh steel workers face job loss

About 50,000 workers employed with 175 mini steel plants in Chhattisgarh face a threat to their jobs as the factory owners have announced closure of their units amid rising prices of sponge iron used as raw material.
"The per tonne price of sponge iron has shot up from Rs. 14,000-15,000 to Rs. 18,000 and it is not even available as per our needs...we have no option but to start closing the units from December 1," Ashok Surana, president of the Chhattisgarh Mini Steel Plants Association, said.

50,000 Chhattisgarh steel workers face job loss

Raipur, Nov 20 (IANS) About 50,000 workers employed with 175 mini steel plants in Chhattisgarh face a threat to their jobs as the factory owners have announced closure of their units amid rising prices of sponge iron used as raw material.

'The per tonne price of sponge iron has shot up from Rs.14,000-15,000 to Rs.18,000 and it is not even available as per our needs...we have no option but to start closing the units from December 1,' Ashok Surana, president of the Chhattisgarh Mini Steel Plants Association, told IANS.

Maoist violence, poverty mar growth in decade-old Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Nov 17 (IANS) In 10 years of existence, Chhattisgarh has become a study in contrasts. While the state recorded a high growth rate at 11.49 percent, people contest claims of development by citing the fast spreading Maoist insurgency, lack of healthcare and poverty.

A state of 20.08 million people today, Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh Nov 1, 2000, to bring prosperity to the neglected region, particularly the tribals.

NTPC role in project rehab under scanner

Reluctance of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) management to provide jobs to the project-affected-people has come under scanner with Chhattisgarh High Court issuing notices to the company and the state government seeking explanation.

Rohit's father Bisahu Khare had given away 7.12 acres of land for NTPC's Sipat Power project in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh about 10 years ago. As per the rehabilitation policy, Rohit was supposed to get a job in the Sipat power plant which he did not.

Chhattisgarh villagers tell Vedanta to give up project

Taraimar (Chhattisgarh), Jan 31 (IANS) Villagers broke down at a public hearing held here Monday while urging the Vedanta Resources officials to 'kill us now rather than trying to acquire our land forcibly'.

The mandatory public hearing was held by authorities to get the consent of the Taraimar villagers to grant environment clearance to mine the 70.12 million tonnes coal reserves in the region.

The reserves are spread out over 1070 hectare in Taraimar area under Dharmajaygarh block in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh district, some 300 km from the state capital Raipur.

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