Chhattisgarh BJP leader threatens mining company

A legislator of the ruling BJP in Chhattisgarh on Sunday threatened to stop the National Mineral Development Corporation from mining iron ore.

Dantewada legislator Bhima Mandavi said he would lead a day-long protest on February 16 against the company’s refusal to give jobs to local residents in various low-grade posts.

Mandavi said he and his supporters would stop NMDC employees from mining on February 16. “I have given NMDC the deadline of February 15 to make an announcement to recruit locals in various low-grade jobs, or else they must get ready to face protest. Though it will be a day-long protest, it can also turn into an indefinite stir if they ignore our demand,” he added.

He said the fight against NMDC is not just about jobs but against destroying the environment. He alleged that the company had been exploiting natural resources and ignoring the opinion of local residents.

NMDC officials based in Chhattisgarh have refused to comment on the issue.

“Our officials based at the company’s headquarters in Hyderabad will look into the issue,” a company official in Chhattisgarh said.

NMDC, India's largest iron ore miner, has several mines in Dantewada, which account for two-thirds of its annual output of 25 million tonnes. The company transports over 40,000 tonnes of iron ore daily from Kirandul and Bacheli in Bailadila hills.

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