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Press Release: 100s of Organisations Demand World Bank to Withdraw from Tata Mundra

Press Statement : November 4, 2013

Over Hundred Organisations Demand World Bank Withdrawal from Tata Mundra

Over a hundred prominent organisations expressed shock over World Bank President Dr. Jim Kim’s inaction on the audit report on Tata Mundra Power Project in Gujarat, condemned it and demanded International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) withdrawal from the project.

“People’s movements and their allies in India are shocked that you have cleared the IFC Management’s response to the CAO Audit Report on Tata Mundra Project,” the letter sent today to the President said. “The CAO findings warrant nothing less than IFC’s withdrawal from the project” they added.

Condemning it they said, “Your endorsement of IFC’s response to CAO findings and thus letting IFC and the company continue the violations merits nothing less than condemnation.”

The independent recourse mechanism of IFC the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) released their findings on October 24, after a year-long investigation into the financing of IFC to the project. CAO found IFC made serious lapses in funding Tata coal plant.

The letter was issued in support of the local organisation, Machimar Adhikar Sangharsh Sangathan (MASS). It was signed by National Alliance of People’s Movements, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, All India Union of Forest Working People, India Climate Justice, National Fishworkers Forum, All India Forum of Forest Movements and others.

Taking serious note of the inaction of the President the organisations said, “By your decision to keep your eyes closed to the damning findings of CAO, you are complicit in the human rights violations, livelihood loss, impacts of air pollution, water contamination, and perilous marine ecological disaster in the wake of the IFC-funded project.”

Looking at the larger malice of World Bank, the letter said, “(World Bank’s) compliance mechanisms like CAO and Inspection Panel are increasingly becoming a farce, while the Bank continues aiding projects – whether hydro projects or coal projects, infrastructure development, or meddling with our policies and legal system.” World Bank Group has currently 386 active projects in India with a committed portfolio of $29.5 bn.

Concluding the letter, they said “We will continue our struggles against the Bank, its policies and its blatant disrespect of human rights. We will strengthen the struggle of MASS and would challenge you and your Bank at every possible avenue.”

Background:

The 4000 MW Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (Tata Mundra) is finance by International Finance Corporation (IFC), Asian Development Bank, Korean ExIm Bank and other national Banks.

A complaint by the local organisation MASS to the recourse mechanism of IFC theCompliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) led to a full investigation into the financing of the project.

CAO validated major MASS complaints. It found the IFC committed serious supervision failures and significant policy breaches.

CAO confirmed that the environmental and social risks and impacts of the project were not considered and addressed; there is no social baseline data; IFC’s policies for land acquisition not applied, despite physical and economic displacement, Inadequate attention paid to the requirement of biodiversity conservation; IFC failed in its review and supervision of the impacts on airshed and marine environment and IFC failed to examine the cumulative impact of Tata Mundra.

IFC rebutted the findings of CAO.

Resources:

CAO Audit Report

IFC Response to CAO Audit Report

Key Observations and Findings from CAO Audit

Press Release by MASS dated October 24, 2013

Contacts: Madhuresh Kumar: +91-9818905316, Soumya Dutta: +91-9213763756

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November 4, 2013

Dear President Dr. Jim Yong Kim,

People’s movements and their allies in India are shocked that you have cleared the IFC Management’s response to the CAO Audit Report on Tata Mundra Project, and thus undermining the credibility of your own recourse mechanism meant to address the grievances of the project-affected people.

CAO issued a report showing how IFC committed serious lapses and violations of its safeguard policies in the 4, 000 MW Tata Coal Plant in Mundra. The report, which was most meticulously drafted after rigorous studies was simply refuted by IFC, who not only defended their involvement in the project, but also claimed the same for their client Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd. (CGPL).

We express our solidarity with Machimar Adhikar Sangharsh Sangathan (MASS – Association for the Struggle for Fishworkers’ Rights), an organization of project-affected fishing families, and the principal complainant to CAO.

Your endorsing IFC’s response is a cruel shock to the numerous fishing families affected by the project, who hoped for a better response to the findings based on your expertise in public health, and firm and resolute words to address climate change. Your endorsement of IFC’s response to CAO findings and thus letting IFC and the company continue the violations merits nothing less than condemnation.

By your decision to keep your eyes closed to the damning findings of CAO, you are complicit in the human rights violations, livelihood loss, impacts of air pollution, water contamination, and perilous marine ecological disaster in the wake of the IFC-funded project.

Your decision reconfirms that the Bank does not care about accountability, does not care about people and the environment.  WBG’s compliance mechanisms like CAO and Inspection Panel are increasingly becoming a farce, while the Bank continues aiding projects – whether hydro projects or coal projects, infrastructure development, or meddling with our policies and legal system.

The CAO has given all the reasons to say that the Tata Mundra project has gone all wrong, right from the time of planning and impact assessments and at every stage of its execution. The findings are based on scientific studies and the conclusions drawn after hearing all sides – the affected communities, IFC and the company. Such findings conscientiously implicate the role of the WBG.

The CAO findings warrant nothing less than IFC’s withdrawal from the project. We will continue our struggles against the Bank, its policies and its blatant disrespect of human rights. We will strengthen the struggle of MASS and would challenge you and your Bank at every possible avenue.

Sincerely,

1. Medha Patkar, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Maharashtra

2. Sandeep Pandey, National Alliance of People’s Movements

3. Nikhil Dey, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Rajasthan
4. Ashok Choudhary, All India Union of Forest Working People

5. India Climate Justice, New Delhi

6. T. Peter, National Fishworkers Forum, Kerala

7. Praful Bidwai, Journalist, New Delhi

8. Souparna Lahiri, All India Forum of Forest Movements

9. Dunu Roy, Hazards Centre, Delhi

10. Bela Bhatia, Honorary Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

11. Magline Peter, Teeradesa Mahla Vedi, Kerala

12. Afsar H. Jafri, Focus on the Global South

13. Shweta Tripathi, Society for Rural Urban and Tribal Initiatives, New Delhi

14. Kiran Shaheen, Right to Water Campaign, Delhi

15. Richa Singh, Sangtin Kisan Majdoor Sangthan Uttar Pradesh

16. Subash Mohapatra, Journalist, Odisha

17. Ravi Nitesh, Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign, New Delhi

18. Krishnakant, Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, Gujarat

19. Juned Khan Komal, Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development, Rajasthan

20. Diwan Singh, Yamuna Satyagraha, New Delhi

21. Kaveri R.I Bangalore, Karnataka

22. Ashim Jain, Bangalore, Karnataka

23. Ajitha George, Omon Mahila Sanghatan, Jharkhand

24. Amulya Kumar Nayak, Odisha Chas Parivesh Surakshya Parisad, Odisha

25. Latha Anantha, River Research Centre, Kerala

26. Usha S, Thanal, Kerala

27. Leo Saldanha, Environment Support Group, Karnataka

28. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpavriksh, New Delhi

29. Vinay Baindur, Researcher Urban Governance and Decentralisation, Karnataka

30. Madhusudhan, Yakshi, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

31. Sagari Ramdas, Anthra, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

32. Shweta Narayan, Community Environmental Monitoring, Chennai, Tamilnadu

33. BIRSA – Bindrai Institute for Research Study and Action, Jharkhand

34. Awadhesh Kumar, Ssrijan Lokhit Samiti, Madhya Pradesh

35. Jharkhand Mines Area Co-ordination Committee, Jharkhand

36. Sunderrajan, Poovulagin Nanbargal, Chennai, Tamilnadu

37. Reena Rebari, Ujjas Mahila Sangathan, Gujarat

38. Pandudora, Adivasi Aikya Vedika, Andhra Pradesh

39. Shankar Sharma, Policy Analyst, Andhra Pradesh

40. Wilfred Dcosta, Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF), New Delhi

41. M Kikon, DICE Foundation, Nagaland

42. Gopal Krishna, ToxicsWatch Alliance, New Delhi

43. Achin Vanaik, Retd. Professor of International Relations, University of Delhi. Delhi

44. Shalini Gera, Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha, Chhattisgarh

45. Sanjeev Kumar, Delhi Forum, Delhi

46. Vijayan M.J., Programme for Social Action, New Delhi

47. Madhuresh Kumar, National Alliance of People’s Movements, New Delhi

48. P.T. George, Intercultural Resources, New Delhi

49. P Chennaiah, Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union, Andhra Pradesh

50. Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava – Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, Madhya Pradesh

51. Prafulla Samantara, Lok Shakti Abhiyan, Odisha

52. Gautam Bandopadhyay, Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chhattisgarh

53. Suniti SR, Prasad Bagwe – SEZ Virodhi Manch, Maharashtra

54. Gabriel Dietrich, Pennurimai Iyakkam, Tamilnadu

55. Geetha Ramakrishnan, Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, Tamilnadu

56. Bhupender Singh Rawat, Jan Sangharsh Vahini Delhi

57. Sunita Rani, Domestic Workers’ Union, Delhi

58. Anita Kapoor, Delhi Shahri Mahila Kaamgaar Union, Delhi

59. Rajendra Ravi, Institute for Democracy & Sustainability, Delhi

60. Arjun Singh, National Cyclist Union, New Delhi

61. Arundhati Dhuru, Right to Food Campaign, Uttar Pradesh

62. Sister Celia, Domestic Workers Union, Karnataka

63. Sumit, Madhuri Shivkar, Simpreet Singh – Ghar Bachao, Ghar Banao Andolan, Mumbai

64. Dr. Rupesh Verma, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, Uttar Pradesh

65. Manish Gupta, Jan Kalyan Upbhokta Samiti, Uttar Pradesh

66. Vimal Bhai, Matu Jan sangathan, Uttarakhand

67. Vilas Bhongade, Gosikhurd Prakalpgrast Sangharsh Samiti, Maharashtra

68. Ramashray Singh, Ghatwar Adivasi Mahasabha, Jharkhand

69. Anand Mazhgaonkar, Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, Gujarat

70. Rohit Prajapati, Radical Socialist, Gujarat

71. Jitn Yumnam, Citizens Concern for Dams and Development, Manpur

72. Borok Peoples Human Rights Organization, Tripura

73. Prasad Chacko, Human Development and Research Centre, Gujarat

74. Ram Wangkheirakpam, North East Peoples Alliance, Manipur

75. Rehmat, Gaurav and Shripad Dharmadhikari – Manthan Adhyayan Kendra, Madhya Pradesh

76. Ranjan Panda, Water Initiatives Odisha. Odisha

77. Samir Mehta, River Basin Friends, Mumbai

78. Xavier Dias, Editor, Khan Kaneej Aur ADHIKAR, Jharkhand

79. Himanshu Upadhyaya, Public Finance Public Accountability Collective, Karnataka

80. Amit Sengupta, Editor, Hardnews, New Delhi

81. Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur

82. Clifton D’ Rozario, Alternative law Forum, Karnataka

83. Alok Agarwal, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Madhya Pradesh

84. Aanchal Kapur, Kriti, New Delhi
85. Himanshu Thakkar, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People, New Delhi

86. Gururaja Budhya, Urban Research Centre, Karnataka

87. Soumya Dutta, Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha, New Delhi

88. Falguni Joshi, Gujarat Forum on CDM, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

89. Mahesh Pandya, ParyavaranMitra, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

90. Himanshu Banker, Vikalp, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

91. Dr Leena Gupta SPWD, New Delhi

92. Chetan Vyas, Paryavaran Gauchar Bachao Samiti, Rajula (Amerli), Gujarat

93. Herry Ranva, Bahujan Samajik trust, Rajkot, Gujarat

94. Dipal Dabhi, Adivasi Sarvangi Vikas Sangh, Danta, Gujarat

95. Nirmal Parmar, Charitable Pragati Prayas Kendra, Godhra, Gujarat

96. Tushar Pancholi, Paryavaraniya Vikas Kendra, Rajkot, Gujarat

97. Gautam Thakar, PUCL, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

98. Arvind Padhiyar,Mahisagar Shakti Sangathan, Padra, Gujarat

99. Anil Tharayath Varghese Delhi Solidarity Group

100. Bijulal M.V., Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala

101. Ravindranath,River Basin Friends, Assam

102. Sumesh Mangalasseri, Kabani, Kerala

 

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Intercultural Resources is a forum for research and political intervention on issues related to the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. Our effort draws upon the social, cultural, material and intellectual resources that have been generated in the course of dialogues between people of different cultures on questions of social justice, development and self-rule. We are of the view that dialogue can sustain plurality and open possibilities for recovery of the ground lost on account of inter-cultural alienation, which is manifest in a variety of forms of violence that we encounter everyday at different levels of social life. Intercultural Resources is based in Delhi, India. Email: ihpindia@gmail.com

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