entered its 24th day on Sunday. The stir has affected civil levelling work of the mine linked to NTPC Kaniha but production has not yet been hit. The villagers warned they will stop production at the mine if their demand is not met soon. More than 50 residents of Patharmunda are on dharna since October 9. The agitators said they were promised jobs in lieu of their land by the Rehabilitation Peripheral Development Advisory Committee.
General manager of Kaniha area Narayan Das said the villagers are not eligible for jobs as they do not fulfil the criteria which states that each family should have lost at least two-third of its land to get engaged in the mine. He refuted the agitators’ claim that the RPDAC had assured them jobs. Two rounds of talks were held among Das, villagers and the Sub-Collector. However, no amicable solution could be found to the issue.