Monday, February 8, 2016

Coca Cola - another example of lobbying power of industry

On February 8, 2016, Hindu Business Line reported that on February 1, 2016 President  returned the Plachimada Coca Cola Victims Relief and Compensation Claims Special Tribunal Bill 2011, which was unanimously passed by the Kerala Assembly five years ago. Thus, Coca Cola has been spared to pay damage (estimated at Rs 216 crores by an expert committee) to 1,000 Dalit and Adivasi families of Plachimada, a village in Kerala's Palakkad district. The company had to close the bottling plant in 2005 after long agitation by the local community against the hazarduous effect of the company's operation. The operation of the bottling plant resulted in drying of the local wells and contamination of local water resources.

The government owes an explanation to the society as to why the Coca Cola has been spared from paying damage to the local community for the pain it had inflicted on the it.

1 comment:

  1. It is well known fact how politicians benefit from such instances. Why does the govt bother Aby public who just don't bother abt happening anything to them. They suffer as it is bestowed upon them by GOD.