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Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce Invites Suggestions of Public on Credit and Market Access Facilities for Foreign Trade

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Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce Invites Suggestions of Public on Credit and Market Access Facilities for Foreign Trade

The Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce, headed by ShriShanta Kumar, M.P., Rajya Sabha has taken up the subject of “Credit and Market Access Facilities for Foreign Trade” for examination and report.

2. The Committee has decided to invite views/suggestions/comments from individuals/ experts/ institutions/ organizations/ stake-holders interested in the subject matter. The views/ suggestions/ comments may, inter alia, focus on issues like assistance/ support/ facilities available to the Indian exporters/ importers, policy interventions required for strengthening the inherent capacity of MSME sector and facilitating bank and market access to the sector for foreign trade; structural reforms required in the foreign trade mechanism to make it risk-free and enable it to become priority sector for loan and finances; ways and means to infuse competitiveness to our production process and promote export of finished goods rater than raw material; infrastructural bottlenecks hampering efficient foreign trade; banking reforms desirable to facilitate low interest loans for the purpose of foreign trade, regulatory framework required to oversee the growth of foreign trade and check unfair practices; streamlining of various scheme/ incentives being offered by the Government, coordination between customs and DGFT authorities on foreign trade related policies/ schemes, co-opting State Governments to promote foreign trade; efficacy of Export Promotion Councils (EPCs), Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) to promote foreign trade, etc. The aforementioned issues are only indicative and not exhaustive.

3. Those desirous of submitting their views and suggestions to the Committee may send their written memoranda (either in English or Hindi) on the above subject to Shri J. Sundriyal, Director, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Room no. 201, Second Floor, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi-110006 (Tel.: 23034541) or e-mail atsundrial@sansad.nic.in, rsc-comm@sansad.nic.in with thirty days from the date of publication of this PressCommunique. Those willing to give oral evidence before the Committee, besides sending Memoranda,are requested to indicate so. However, the decision of the Committee, in the regard, shall be final.

4. The memoranda submitted to the Committee would form a part of the records of the Committee and will be treated as confidential. These are not to be disclosed to anyone, till the report of the Committee is presented to Parliament, violation of which would constitute a breach of privilege of the Committee.

Rajya Sabha Secretariat Parliament of India, New Delhi, 4.11.2013

YSK/ UMA

(Release ID :100404)

 

The High Court of Delhi has quashed the Central Government order of suspending the account of INSAF

Dear friends

Greetings from Janadhikar Sangharsh Samiti

The High Court of Delhi has quashed the Central Government order of suspending the account of INSAF dated 30.04.2013 as the Central Government had neither issued any notice of hearing/show-cause notice in terms of sub-section (2) of Section 14 nor had it initiated any enquiry in terms of the section. The Court also noted that the order initiated by the Central Government showed its failureto record the reasons which necessitated suspension of the certificate in terms of sub-section (1) of Section 13 of the Act. The use of the word ‘may’ conceived as not mandatory requirement to furnish reasons is wholly misconceived noted the judge.

“In other words, the Central Government may or may not suspend the certificate of an organization, pending consideration of cancellation of the said certificate but, if the Government decides to suspend such certificate it can be done only for reasons to be recorded and such reasons, in my view, need to be incorporated in the suspension order itself so that the organization is in a position to know what were the reasons which impelled the Government to suspend its registration and in case the organization feels that certificate has been suspended for the reasons which are not envisaged under sub-section (1) of Section 13 or are not otherwise cogent, objective and transparent, it can challenge such suspension by way of appropriate proceedings. Such reasons cannot be given, by way of extraneous evidence at a later stage. In the absence of reasons, it would not be possible for the organization to challenge the suspension.”

This is definitely a small victory for the Janadhikar Sangharsh Samiti.

On behalf of Janadhikar Sangharsh Samiti

Ashok Choudhary, Anil Choudhary

Massive Padyatra (Footmarch) in Gujarat

You may be aware of the long struggle waged by those who sacrificed their life and land for Sardar Sarovar Project. There are many serious outstanding issues even today. The 6 villages that first lost their lands for Kevadia Colony have not been considered Project-Affected, rehabilitation and resettlement of those upstream of the dam in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh was never satisfactorily accomplished, there have been massive cost over runs, farmers have been penalised for accessing water they were promised – destroying the very

raison d’ etre of the Sardar Sarovar Project. Worse, water has been diverted for urban and industrial use.

As if all this was not enough the Government is trying to go one up on the Statue of Liberty by constructing a statue of Sardar Patel at a massive cost of Rs. 2500 crore. And 16 villages have been brought under the Kevadia Area Development Authority (KADA), basically to promote Saturday-Sunday Tourism for those living in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat and other places. The Government now wants to extend KADA to 68 villages.

SO 70 VILLAGES MUST NOW MAKE WAY FOR TOURISTS AND THEIR RESTAURANTS, GOLF COURSES, BOATING …….

People of these villages are now becoming aware and have conducted an effective awareness campaign speaking to Sardar Sarovar tourists, distributing leaflets etc.

A padyatra has been organised in the KADA area from 28th September to 1st October ’13. At least 9 teams will march from village to village 28th Sept onwards.

We invite you to join the Padyatra and support the struggle of these 70 villages.

Lakhan Musafir Dipen Desai

 

 

Hundreds of Oustees gherao Kukshi, Manavar, Dharampuri Tehsil Offices

Oustees challenge  SM and MLA at Kukshi Fish workers and landless oustees at Dharampuri demand compensation Hundreds march for thier rights at Dharampuri IMG_1428 IMG_1442 Kukshi Action

Sardar Sarovar: Submergence and Rehabilitation 

Hundreds of Oustees gherao Kukshi, Manavar, Dharampuri Tehsil Offices

 Oustees issue Legal Notice to authorities: Demand Compensation and Rehabilitation

 6th Sep, 2013: The illegal submergence in the densely populated villages of Nimad region in the last week of August has spurred a series of mass actions by the Sardar Sarovar project-affected families – hundreds of poor landless labourers, fish workers, potters, adivasis and other farmers who have not yet been ensured complete rehabilitation with alternative land, house plots, amenities at resettlement sites, alternative livelihood etc. This is a complete violation of the Narmada Tribunal Award and Supreme Court’s Judgements.

After more than 500 families gheroed the Badwani Collectorate, the oustees in three Tehsils of Dhar District – Manavar, Kukshi and Dharampuri took out huge rallies and stormed into the offices of the SDM / Tehsildar, demanding answers for the sudden and illegal release of reservoir waters from the upstream dams, leading to inhuman submergence of their farms with standing crop, houses, household items, fodder, food grains, fishing nets etc. They also questioned the virtual lack of relief services and disaster preparedness of the administration and challenged the fake claims of rehabilitation by the Narmada Valley Development Authority

On 2nd September, at Manavar Tehsil the SDM and Naib Tehsildar had to face a volley of questions from the women and men, who came in hundreds from the villages of Ekalwara, Semalda, Gangli, Kavthi, Perkhad etc. It was only when the Naib Tehsildar finally agreed that Panchanamas would be recorded that the oustees returned, after a severe warning to the authorities that if action would not follow, struggle shall intensify.

On 4th September, at Kukshi, almost 800 oustees, largely women from the villages of Chikalda, Nisarpur, Karondia, Kothada, Koteshwar, Gehelgaon, Khaparkheda, Bajrikheda, Malwadi, Bodhwada etc. grilled the SDM, Tehsildar and R&R Officer for almost 5 hours and exposed the rampant corruption in the R&R process. As arguments became heated, the MLA, Mr. Mukam Singh Kirade also arrived at the spot and spoke to the Collector. After this, the SDM assured that video-recording of the affected houses and properties would be the done, administration will consider the process of recording Panchanamas and 50 kgs of food grains will be given to all the affected families immediately. 

On 6th September, at Dharampuri, almost 500 women and men marched through the main streets and reached the office of the Tehsildar, where the Asst. R&R Officer was also called and the due not only listed to the woes, but also faced the wrath of the women, who said that to this day (since 23rd August) their kitchen fires have not been lit and the Government, which has been making hollow claims of rehabilitation, did not care to even visit the villages when water was released in the midnight !

In response to the illegal position taken by officials that since all the properties (lands and houses) in question, have been ‘acquired’, Panchanamas cannot be recorded, the oustees shot back by saying that, “Mere land acquisition is not rehabilitation. As per the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal Award, until rehabilitation is complete, no properties can be submerged and the oustees have every right to continue to reside in their original villages, cultivate the lands and the State must compensate them for any illegal submergence that occurs before complete lawful rehabilitation.

At all the three Tehsils, the oustees also issued Legal Notice to the SDM, Tehsildar and R&R Officer and also another Legal Notice to the Collector, District Dhar to immediately ensure that the Panchanamas of all losses / impacts are duly recorded as per the Revenue Book Circular (RBC) Rules and the oustees are duly compensated. The oustees have issued an ultimatum to the authorities that if their demands are not met soon, the struggle would be intensified and cases would be instituted against the officials in Courts. 

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India’s National Green Tribunal cannot do justice

The Trouble with Tribunals

And why India’s National Green Tribunal in particular cannot do justice to its stated objective

Prashant Reddy

Courtesy: http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/nation/the-trouble-with-tribunals

Ever since the National Green Tribunal (NGT) was first notified in October 2010 to begin operations under the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010, it has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, be it judges quitting for lack of resources or the tribunal being challenged for lack of judicial independence from the Government. This particular tribunal makes an excellent case study of tribunals in general because it mirrors the issues faced by virtually every such entity created in the last three decades, ever since the 42nd Amendment to India’s Constitution enabled their creation.

 

 (The writer is an LLM student at Stanford Law School and can be contacted at tpreddy@stanford.edu)

 

Maruti wants auto sector out of India-EU FTA purview

Courtesy: The New Indian Express

India’s largest car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) urged the government on Thursday to keep the automobile sector out of the purview of the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and European Union (EU). Maruti said that the India-EU FTA could have a negative impact on creation of employment in the country. For more detailed news:….http://newindianexpress.com/business/news/Maruti-wants-auto-sector-out-of-India-EU-FTA-purview/2013/05/17/article1593592.ece

 

India’s Infrastructure needs more than 1 Trillion US Dollars

 

 

Il&FS Infrastructure Debt Fund Signs MoU with eight Public Sector Banks; need for more than one Trillion Us Dollars for Infrastructure Sector in Next Five Years; Government And Private Sector to Contribute Fifty Percent Each
IL&FS Infra Asset Management Limited (IAML), an Asset Management Company (AMC) promoted by IL&FS Financial Services Limited (IFIN) to manage the IL&FS Infrastructure Debt Fund (IIDF), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with eight (8) Public Sector Banks (PSBs) including Allahabad Bank, Bank of India, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and UCO Bank for acquisition of infrastructure loans. The signing ceremony was attended by Dr Arvind Mayaram, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance apart from senior dignitaries of the Finance Ministry, LIC, IL&FS and Banks among others.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Arvind Mayaram, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs said that we need about 1 trillion US dollars for infrastructure sector funding in next five years i.e. 2012-13 to 2016-17.He said that out of that, 50 percent would be funded by the Government and remaining 50 percent by private sector and financial institutions. He said that there is need for second generation reforms for infrastructure sector. Without infrastructure investment, it would be difficult to achieve the potential growth rate of 8 percent for the country, he added. Shri Mayaram congratulated the IL&FS and 8 PSBs for signing this landmark MoU which will pave the way for setting-up of more such infra debt funds and financing thereof.

Earlier, Shri Ravi Parthasarathy, Chairman-IL&FS Group said that IIDF will complement domestic banks in providing required funding to infrastructure sector and would be integral part of the IL&FS Group’s efforts in taking India’s infrastructure growth story to the next level. Shri Ramesh Bawa, Managing Director and CEO, IFIN further added that we are targeting an initial corpus of approx USD 1.0 billion and hope to increase the overall corpus to USD 5.0 billion under management in the medium term.

After the regulations for Infrastructure Debt Fund were announced by the Government last year, IFIN was amongst the first institutions to announce its intent to launch Infrastructure Debt Fund in partnership with Life Insurance Corporation of India. Its fund, IIDF was launched by the Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on February 9, 2013 in Mumbai.

The formulation of final IDF regulations by SEBI set the stage for launching the first set of schemes of the Fund. The first three schemes of Rs. 5.00 billion each of IIDF have been assigned rating of `IND AAA idf-mf` by India Ratings. The rating denotes the highest strength of the credit protection factors embedded in a fund’s investment policies and the quality of the sponsors / investment managers

 


 

Right to Reject Button in EVM Machine

Right to Reject Button in EVM Machine

Please sign this petition and spread the word around….

Online at: http://www.causes.com/actions/1706858-right-to-reject-button-in-evm-machine

To: election commission of india
An appeal to Election Commission of India for demand of amendment in 49(O) rule for effective Right to Reject.

What is 49-O: Rule 49-O is a rule in The Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961[1] of India, which governs elections in the country. It describes the procedure to be followed when a valid…

 

India-EU FTA talks stuck on greater concessions – Shruti Srivastava

India-EU FTA talks stuck on greater concessions …Shruti Srivastava :

New Delhi, Wed Apr 10 2013, 00:47 hrs

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are likely to find large unfinished paragraphs in their India-EU free trade agreement when they meet this week.
Despite 16 rounds of negotiations and six years of work, industry and agriculture lobbies on both sides are still working out differences in tax treatment for automobiles, dairy products and movement of professionals across borders.

While the EU companies want to participate in all government tenders, Indians are uncomfortable setting up customs control to see that no intellectual property violations occur in exports from the country. The EU also wants an assurance from India that the European banks would not be divested. According to a government official, the only way out for both the sides it to “temper” their ambitions for an early closure of negotiations. They can resume further negotiations once the deal is sealed, the official said.

Auto sector: The issues in the sector were assumed resolved but the EU has reopened them. Germany has sought an indefinite tariff rate quota on imports of cars from Europe and “an eventual zero duty on all cars while asking for greater opening up of the Indian market to suit EU’s technical regulations”. “We have not agreed to these demands as we have to ensure the interest of our auto industry, which is still at a nascent stage,” the official said.

Data secure status: India has still not got data secure status from the EU despite the fact that almost all Fortune 500 companies have entrusted India with their important data.

This has been preventing flow of sophisticated outsourcing business to India and free flow of sensitive information to India such as patient information for tele-medicine. Refusal of the EU to do so will nullify the potential benefits of any market access offered by the EU under Mode 1.

On insurance sector: Further, the EU has also sought an increase in the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in the insurance sector to 49 per cent from the current 26 per cent, the Bill for which is pending with Parliament. Earlier, the EU had sought opening up of the multi-brand retail sector, a demand which has already been met by India.

free movement of persons: India is concerned about the safeguard clause in Mode 4. The clause kicks in when 20 per cent of the EU’s committed number of professionals enter respective member’s territory. Also, India wants secondary mobility inside EU member states for commercial service suppliers and professionals. However, the EU is reluctant and is yet to decide.

Pharma: The EU has been pushing for rights to seize drugs transiting through its territory in case its custom authorities suspect IP violation. India has refused to give such rights.

Courtesy: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indiaeu-fta-talks-stuck-on-greater-concessions/1100058/0

 

 

Why Medha Patkar is on an Indefinite Hunger Strike?

Dear All,

Activists of Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan are on indefinite fast to protest against unjust demolition of slums in Mumbai in the name of Slum Rehabilitation.The corruption and nexus between the Government and Builders under the cover of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) in Mumbai has led to lakhs of slum-dwellers struggling for the basic right to a house . 
 
Today is the Sixth day of the fast.
 
We appeal to you to show your solidarity and write to Chief Minister, Maharashtra, Principal Secy. Housing, Sonia Gandhi, Sushma Swaraj and Chairperson NHRC at the nos/email given in the attached FAQ document. Also attached is a sample Fax letter that you can use.
 
 
thank you
ashish for NAPM

The Golibar SRA, Demolitions, Indefinite Hunger Strike by Medha Patkar at Golibar, Mumbai.

What’s the big issue?

The corruption and nexus between the Government and Builders under the cover of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) in Mumbai, that has led to lakhs of slum-dwellers struggling for the basic right to a house. The most recent example is collapse of a 8 storey building in Mumbra, constructed within a span of 2-3 months leading to death of more than 70 people.

What’s wrong with SRA?

SRA authorises private builders to redevelop slum land. The slum-dwellers are moved into vertical establishments, and the land that is thus freed up, becomes available as a free-sale component in the property market. Privatisation also means that the government is not responsible for maintaining transparency and quality. Since the money to be made from new land sales in Mumbai is extremely high, there is a vicious competition amongst the builders to woo the slum residents.

Moreover, SRA only authorises a house to those people who can show their citizenship until 1995. It also gives the power of go-ahead to the Builder if they can attain approval of 70% of the people in a society. These 2 facts are exploited by the Builders to practise extortion, fraud and forgery at the ground level, and have become the common practise to lure societies into signing a deal with them.

A date based cut-off to the Right to a House, and limited participation of a government agency, have made the SRA into a pro-Builder scheme. This needs to be rectified.

But why redevelop slums? Aren’t they illegal in the first place

Today 60% of the population of Mumbai lives in slums. Those recognised under SRA have paid Assessment Tax to the government. The people living here comprise the major part of the people working in the service industry and small-scale industries. Slums are not a result of squatting, but instead because of a lack of low-cost housing options. This big gap in housing development has left only very high-cost options that the poorer people cannot afford.

So is SRA the only scheme for redevelopment?

It is the most prominent one in place to resettle slums. Others look into Project Affected People (PAP) – people forced to move because of development of Highways, high-tech parks etc. For settlements that came into being after the cut-off date of 1995, there are currently no schemes at all.

Why now? What’s the urgency?

This is not a recent struggle. People of the slums have been fighting for their rights since 2004, when vast areas of slums in Mumbai were razed to the ground by the Vilasrao Deshmukh government to convert Mumbai to Shanghai. The Adarsh Housing Scam, Hiranandani Developers Land grab are examples of the extent to which a handful of powerful people are robbing the common man of a basic right to shelter.

Another such instance is the history of ‘redevelopment’ in Khar Golibar, wherein 140 acres of land- home to 46 societies and over 26,000 families - has been literally gifted to a single private company – Shivalik Ventures, by invoking a special clause – 3K- of the SRA. This clause gives a single builder complete rights to redevelop a large slum without inviting tenders.

A small society of 323 houses in Golibar – Ganesh Krupa – has become the flash point for the struggle between the SRA/Builder nexus and the Slum dwellers, ever since it slapped a case of fraud and forgery on Shivalik Ventures, the builder that forcefully undertook the rights to their development. 6 forced demolition drives over the past 1 year led to the society appealing to Medhatai Patkar and ‘Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao’ for help.

She undertook a 9 day fast in May 2011, which resulted in formation of two committees to look in to the irregularities and corruption in SRA schemes and another to look in to regularisation on slums. However, none of these committees were made functional under pressure from builder lobby.

Once again, when the whole world was celebrating the beginning of a new year, working class of Mumbai dwelling in bastis marched for two days to continue their camp in Azad Maidan for ten days which resulted in another investigation committee under Principal Secretary, Housing, Government of Maharashtra to look in corruption and irregularities. Some bastis were identified where R.A.Y. should be implemented. Mandala (Mankhurd) basti was identified as one of the ‘Pilot project’ being on priority and it was decided that process should be started at the earliest and the orders for demolitions were asked to be taken back. By the directions of Honorable Chief Minster, the investigation procedures of these 6 SRA projects is being carriedout under the chairmanship of Honorable Devashsih Chakravarty.

On February 7-8th, 2013 in S.R.A. Office the hearing was called out for these 6 SRA projects, under the chairmanship of Honourable Devashish Chakravarty, Principal Secretary (Housing department’s) wherein MHADA officials, Deputy Collector and Additional Collectors were present.

Directions were given by the Chief Minister, that no evictions and demolitions would be undertaken while the investigations are on, but on April 2 – 3rd, in presence of hundreds of policemen and bouncers of Shivalik builders, demolitions were carried on in Ganesh Krupa Housing Society.

On April 2nd even Union Minister for Housing and Poverty Alleviation Ministry, Mr. Ajay Maken wrote a detailed letter, asking Maharashtra government to not go ahead with demolitions but even then 43 houses were demolished. Why, when the Ministry of Environment and Forest ordered demolition of Adarsh Housing Society, over illegalities even then it stands tall on Mumbai’s coast, working class of Mumbai asks ?

CM Shri Prithviraj Chauhan on several occasions assured Medhatai Patkar and Andolan of an inquiry into the matter of Golibar demolitions, and the larger issue of redevelopment of slums in Mumbai, no action has been taken over. This has forced Medhatai to go on an indefinite fast to get justice once again, within a span of two years.

What’s the history of Ganesh Krupa Society?

The slum housing the Ganesh Krupa Society consists of 324 tenements. The slum was declared in 1997 and the rehabilitation scheme was approved in favour of M/s Madhu Construction Company, to which the slum dwellers were amenable. The Slum Rehabilitation Authority had issued a Letter of Intent bearing No. SRAIENG/819/HE/PULOI dated 3rd October 2004 in favour of Madhu Constructions, however due to financial constraints and pressure from big companies, Madhu Constructions could not undertake the project and hence entered into a Joint Venture Agreement with Shivalik Ventures Pvt. Ltd. on 3rd March 2008, without the knowledge of the slum dwellers. Thereafter Shivalik Ventures indulged in forging documents to procure the Letter of Intent bearing No. SRA/ENG/1188/HE/ML/LOI dated 20th August 2009. The crucial resolution dated 7th February 2009 of the Society approving of and giving consent to the company to carry out the development itself has been fabricated by Shivalik Ventures, in respect of which criminal proceedings initiated by the slum dwellers are pending. However, relying on the fraudulent document and consequential actions Shivalik has succeeded in obtaining favourable orders from the Courts and began forcible and illegal demolition of houses in the slum. While 167 families have voluntarily shifted, but 48 houses were demolished in January 2011, and on 19th and 20th May 2011, 24 houses in total were demolished, and 43 houses on April 2-3, 2013..

The slum dwellers have already initiated criminal action in regard to the fraudulent document purported to be the General Body Resolution dated 7th February 2009 and can always avail of the necessary civil remedies available to them, there is one another important aspect that is of mammoth proportions and consequences, and this being the link of this, and other projects of Shivalik Ventures, to the 2G scam.

Who is Shivalik Ventures?

Unitech owns 50% of shares of Shivalik Ventures Pvt. Ltd. even as per its own website and Annual Report 2009-10 (page 52). The Annual Report 2009-10 of Unitech further provides under the heading “Capital Commitment” that:

Investment in 10,00,000 equity shares of Rs. 10 each at a premium of Rs. 9990/-per share aggregating of Rs. 1000 crore has been made in joint venture company, Shivalik Ventures Pvt. Ltd. An Amount of Rs. 442.77 crore has been paid against the allotment of fully paid-up shares. The balance securities premium of Rs.557.23 crores will be accounted for on payment.”

As pointed above, Shivalik Ventures, in turn, has entered into an agreement of Joint Venture on 2nd March 2008 with M/s Madhu Construction Company to jointly develop Ganesh Krupa slum at Golibar.

It is important to highlight the period during which Unitech has entered into re-development of slums in Mumbai since it corresponds to the period during which it illegally secured thousands of crores in the 2G scam. The Director of Unitech has been included in the charge sheet filed by CBI and has been under arrest since then. And as per the CAG report, Unitech after availing the Spectrum licence in September – October 2008 for Rs 1658 crores subsequently sold it off to Telenor company at the rate of Rs 6120 crores. According to CBI, Unitech was alloted Unified Access Service licenses in 22 circles for Rs.1,658 crores, 60% of which it offloaded to Norway’s Telenor even before roll-out.

We are apprehensive that this illegal gratification enjoyed by the Company has been diverted and invested in its 50% equity at the Shivalik Ventures Pvt. Ltd. and the same is being channeled into the developmental projects of Shivalik Ventures including the slum projects in Golibar.

Why is Medha Tai Patkar on an indefinite fast again ?

Previous attempts to initiate corrective action from the government’s side have met with no success. Along with Medhatai, a large delegation of 10,000 strong from different slums in Mumbai had even marched to Azad Maidan in January to raise the issue of redevelopment. Despite this, the police and builders men entered Ganesh Krupa with impunity and razed it to the ground with a bulldozer. An indefinite fast is now the only alternative left. Demands of the Andolan are Following :

  1. The enquiry in respect of 6 S.R.A. Projects, under the chairmanship of Principal secretary, Housing, is in progress since 13th January, 2013. We demand that the work in all these projects should be stopped untill the report of the enquiry is completed and actions taken on the recommendations.

  2. If demolitions are being carried out in accordnace with court rulings but the preconditions put forth are not met, main issues and allegations of corruption through forgery, fraudulent consent are not resolved etc., then in such cases project work should be stopped and no further demolitions be carried.

  3. In cases where the residents have submitted self development projects or wish to submit the same, they should be sanctioned and encourgaed and started immediately.

  4. S.R.A. Should ensure that in case of ongoing S.R.A. Projects all conditions in L.O.I. should be complied with.

  5. The L.O.I. of the developer should be withdrawn wherever the developers have submitted forged / false documents or wrong information in violation of the L.O.I – as in case of Shivalik builders.

  6. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra has agreed to implement ‘Rajeev Awas Yojana’ in the slums of Mumbai instead of S.R.A., on 2nd January, 2013. However these very slums are being buldozed even today. So, the displacement of these slums should be stopped till R.A.Y. is implemented. The same was conveyed to the State Government by the Union Minister Ajay maken on April 2, 2013.

  7. Pilot projects in respect of slum at Mandala, Mankhurd under the R.A.Y. Have already been submiited to the state as well as Central Governments. That should be approved and implemented at the earliest.

  8. Civic amenities (like water, toilets, nallahs, roads ) should be provided to all the slums immediately as per the written assurance given by the Municipal Commissioner.

  9. The Chief Secretary had given a written assurance on 25th May, 2011 that 19 bastis as agreed in the list, after 9 day fast by Medha Patkar, will be decalred slums within 3 months. There is no action on this assurance till date. The same should be done. The Chief Minister, and the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Housing had premised again in January, 2013 to complete this action during discussions held with them. They also gave a written assurance to that effect. The displacements that are being carried out at present are, therefore, grossly unjust and hence should be stopped forthwith.

  10. Shri Ajay Maken, Minister for Housing and Urban poverty alleviation, Government of India has written a letter to the Chief Minister, Maharashtra state on 2nd April, 2013. The Chief Minister should declare his stand on the letter in writing.

  11. The land of Sathe Nagar should be given for R.A.Y. . This land is currently under the hold of Bombay Soap company.

What can you do?

Join in large numbers at the dharna sthal in Golibar (nearest station is Khar Road, Santacruz on Western line) stand in support of the movement, spread the word to the wider public, media, and/or, cover the story yourself.

You must also write to them to address this injustice and the way lives of working class people are being put at stake in Mumbai and their rights to housing denied.

1.

Shri Prithviraj Chavan,

Chief Minister,

Government of Maharashtra,

Mantrayala, Mumbai

Ph: 022-23634950

E-mail: chiefminister@maharashtra.gov.in,

ashish.valsa@gmail.com

Shri Debashish Chakrabarty,

Principal Secretary, Housing,

Government of Maharashtra,

Mantrayala, Mumbai

Ph: 022-22023036

E-mail: psec.housing@maharashtra.gov.in

2.Sh. Ajay Maken

Union Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation

Phone :011 – 23061928 / 42/ 23063989 Fax : 23061780

email :ajay.maken@nic.in

3. Justice K G Balakrishnan

Chaiperson, National Human Rights Commission Delhi.

Fax 91-11-23384012

email : covdnhrc@nic.in, ionhrc@nic.in

4. Prof. Shantha Sinha, Chairperson

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights

Phone : 23731583, Fax : 23731584, email : shantha.sinha@nic.in

5. Smt. Sonia Gandhi

10, Janpath, New Delhi.

Tel. (O) : 23792263, 23019080

Tel. (R) : 23014161, 23014481

Fax : 23018651

email : soniagandhi@sansad.nic.in

6. Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Oppsition

Ambala Cantt.(Haryana)

01123794344, 9868181930

sushma.swaraj@bjp.org

7. Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India

South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi. India-110011.

Telephone: 91-11-23012312. Fax: 91-11-23019545 / 91-11-23016857.

email : manmohan@sansad.nic.in

for any further detail write to us napmindia@gmail.com or call 9818905316 | 9892727063 | 9212587159


 

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