The central team, on a fact finding mission that is likely to decide the fate of the Rs 51,000 crore Posco project, met Orissa government officials and political leaders today to ascertain facts on Forest Rights Act (FRA) implementation at the proposed plant site.
The team, led by former union environment secretary Meena Gupta, obtained information on resettlement and rehabilitation package offered to the people facing displacement due to the proposed mega steel project.
It also inquired about the existence of tribals and other traditional forest dwellers (OTFD) in the proposed project site near Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district, sources said.
The team, which completed its two-day field visit at the site on Saturday, also sought to know whether palli sabha (village committee) meetings were held properly in the proposed area to elicit the views of local residents about the project.
"We have collected information and views from local people, officials, opponents and supporters of Posco project, NGOs and political parties. A report will be prepared on the basis of these inputs and submitted soon," Gupta said.
Among officials, Forest and Environment Secretary U N Behera, Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste department secretary Ashok Tripathy, Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central Division), P K Mohapatra and Jagatsinghpur district collector N C Jena met the panel, official sources said.