Issue Date: Aug 15, 2006
essar Steels is on the road to opening a steel plant in Chaibasa, Jharkhand. The Mittal-owned company has promised an ambitious rehabilitation project for the villagers they are going to evict. The fundamental premise of the deal is that Essar will not start operations until alternative accommodation and livelihoods are found for the people who will be turfed out of their homes. The options on offer are contiguous relocation with limited jobs in the proposed plant, or, presumably, more distant peregrinations. Even the job offer, however, is a hedged bet.
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