Updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 31 July, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Reliance Power moves HC over mine withdrawal from Sasan UMPP: http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/companies/reliance-power-moves-hc-over-mine-withdrawal-from-sasan-umpp/111227/
  2. Reliance Power moves to Delhi HC against Chhatrasal coal mine cancellation to Sasan UMPP:
  3. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48283127.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  4. Indian Energy Investment — Where Will The Money Come From?: https://cleantechnica.com/2015/07/30/indian-energy-investment-will-money-come/
  5. POWER-GRID OPERATOR PJM HANDS OFF HIGH-SPEED TRANSMISSION PROJECT: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/07/29/pjm-hands-off-high-speed-transmission-project-to-pse-g/
  6. Mega hydel projects: Govt studies plan to offer stake to private investors: http://tribune.com.pk/story/928837/mega-hydel-projects-govt-studies-plan-to-offer-stake-to-private-investors/
  7. Semirara to build 1,100 MW coal-fired power capacity: http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Corporate&title=semirara-to-build-1100-mw-coal-fired-power-capacity&id=112525
  8. EU mulls climate finance package ahead of Paris summit: http://www.rtcc.org/2015/07/30/eu-mulls-climate-finance-package-ahead-of-paris-summit/#sthash.6iu5cpTO.dpuf
  9. Vegas-area coal plant owners to pay $4.3M to settle lawsuit: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/30/vegas-area-coal-plant-owners-to-pay-43m-to-settle-/
  10. NV Energy, tribe settle suit over coal-fired power plant: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nv-energy-tribe-settle-suit-over-coal-fired-power-plant
  11. Why Coal Companies Are Collapsing in Such Spectacular Fashion: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/why-coal-companies-are-collapsing-in-such-spectacular-fashion
  12. Too little, too late? $1.3M to settle coal-ash spill damages: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/07/a_decade_later_coal-ash_leak_s.html
  13. Tidal power startup plugs Alaska river power project to the grid: https://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/30/business/tidal-power-startup-plugs-alaska-river-power-project-to-the-grid/
  14. Government mulls allocation of coal mines for commercial mining:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48283755.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  15. Alpha’s collapse shows more coal mines must close for others to survive: http://www.smh.com.au/business/mining-and-resources/alphas-collapse-shows-more-coal-mines-must-close-for-others-to-survive-20150730-giodrf.html#ixzz3hSUj9gb8
  16. THE HIDDEN COST OF COAL (MINING): http://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/the-hidden-cost-of-coal-mining/60261
  17. Monnet to Give Up Coal Mine Won in India Auction on Tariff Cap: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-30/monnet-offers-to-surrender-coal-block-won-in-india-auction
  18. Changing the climate, together: World leaders unite to accelerate the clean energy revolution:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48291575.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

B.IFIs

  1. IMF will refuse to join Greek bailout until debt relief demands are met: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jul/30/imf-will-refuse-join-greek-bailout-until-debt-relief-demands-met
  2. Govt glosses over soft loan financing: http://www.ekantipur.com/2015/07/30/top-story/govt-glosses-over-soft-loan-financing/408634.html
  3. World Bank won’t fund coal-related projects in India:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48289628.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  4. Can BRICS bank reshape global financial system?: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/07/31/102113
  5. Govt agencies delaying metro rail construction: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Govt-agencies-delaying-metro-rail-construction/articleshow/48288011.cms
  6. Vietnam, Japan foster bilateral ties in numerous aspects: http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/137498/vietnam–japan-foster-bilateral-ties-in-numerous-aspects.html
  7. How the International Community Changed China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/how-the-international-community-changed-chinas-asian-infrastructure-investment-bank/
  8. To be or not to be part of the AIIB: https://www.devex.com/news/to-be-or-not-to-be-part-of-the-aiib-86597
  9. Shapoorji Pallonji bags FDI deal in affordable housing from StanChart, IFC and ADB:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48289504.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  10. APEC moves to bridge Asia-Pacific infrastructure funding gap: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/901438246268/apec-moves-to-bridge-asia-pacific-infrastructure-funding-gap#sthash.rYKlJrJn.dpuf
  11. China and India should work together in AIIB: http://www.todayonline.com/chinaindia/china/china-and-india-should-work-together-aiib
  12. CAG spots Rs 9,034-crore financial lapses by various PSUs:
  13. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48287296.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Modi government to restore consent, social impact safeguards in land bill: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Modi-government-to-restore-consent-social-impact-safeguards-in-land-bill/articleshow/48288868.cms?
  2. Maharashtra government wants Centre to strengthen Seeds Act:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48280583.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  3. Pawar politics on land bill keeps all guessing: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pawar-politics-on-land-bill-keeps-all-guessing/articleshow/48277989.cms?
  4. Medha Patkar announces padyatra against Sardar Sarovar project: http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/medha-patkar-announces-padyatra-against-sardar-sarovar-project_1638032.html
  5. Heavy rains push up water level in Sardar Sarovar dam: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/heavy-rains-push-up-water-level-in-sardar-sarovar-dam-115073000497_1.html
  6. Land issues a barrier for global steel giants in India: Ernst & Young report:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48257947.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  7. Posco: Cases against 18 Villagers: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/Posco-Cases-against-18-Villagers/2015/07/29/article2946570.ece

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Why we condemn the hanging of Yakub Memon

Please find pasted in line as well as attached the NTUI statement condemning Yakub Memon’s hanging.

Why we condemn the hanging of Yakub Memon: New Delhi, 30 July 2015: A short while before 7 am this morning, the sole convict of the 1993 Mumbai blasts, Yakub Memon, was hanged until declared dead at the Nagpur Central Jail. Memon was charged under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) for his involvement in acts of terror, which allegedly iNTUI Statement_YAKUB MEMONncluded planning and financing it.

The hanging came at the end of 22 years since the incident in which Memon has already been incarcerated for 21 years. In the 20 hours preceding the hanging, efforts at the highest level of both the judiciary and the government worked to ensure it happened. Two pleas by Memon were rejected by the Supreme Court. A mercy petition was turned down by the country’s President late last night. The Supreme Court, in fact, for the first time ever in its history, ruled at 5 am this morning, but within less than 2 hours the government was ready to hang Memon. This undue haste was neither called for nor justified at the end of a case that has gone on for more than two decades.

Acts of terror by individuals, groups or the state is a threat to democracy and disrupts social life. Terror, directed at innocent people, targets communities and thereby undermines solidarity within the working class by widening divisions within society. While adequate punishment of the guilty is essential, as established by due process of law it is equally fundamental to protect the right of citizens to equality before law. It is not coincidental that the past-decade executions through the death penalty have been exclusively of muslims. It is also not coincidental that except for the left parties, no other political party has stood against capital punishment. It is also not coincidental that due process of law and laws of natural justice were not followed in these cases with the government playing a vengeful role to satisfy ‘collective conscience’. Equally, there is robust evidence now that 9 out of every 10 people who have been hanged in this country are either dalits or muslims.

In sharp contrast, those involved in innumerable instances of riots and pogroms by members of political parties and even legislators, including with the direct or indirect support of government, have in most cases not even been convicted. This inequality perpetuated through the criminal justice system and the judiciary not just amounts to inequality before law but also reflects the lack of autonomy of the judiciary from the executive. The fact that those on the death row have also failed to convince the president of the country to exercise the constitutionally provided power of pardon to protect the constitutionally provided right to life of every citizen also shows the inseparability of the presidential powers from that of the influence of the political class. The fact that 9 out of 10 persons handed out death penalty are muslims and dalits reinforces the inequality in and the deep prejudice of the legal system.

In the law on death penalty the Supreme Court has held, and reiterated, that if indeed there are ‘mitigating’ factors then a death penalty may be commuted. In Memon’s case the critical mitigating circumstance was that he cooperated with the investigative agencies and ensured that several of the accused surrendered. This too was over looked when in fact the power of the presidential pardon is to go into issues such as these that may go beyond the narrow confines of the rule book. If the presidential pardon is to merely mirror the views of the judiciary and the executive then there would have been no need for it. In this sense the President has, and now repeatedly, acted against the spirit of the constitution and democracy itself.

Anticipating protests, government, across the country and especially in Memon’s city, Mumbai, and in the national capital, has deployed its law and order machinery. In the last twenty-four hours demonstrators, against the death penalty have been detained and several hundred have been taken into preventive custody.   Death penalty is today the ultimate instrument to terrorise a community, to crush dissent, and of course to isolate and demonise one community for party political ends and electoral gain.

We oppose the death penalty as it amounts to retribution which is both barbaric and the ultimate denial the right to life.

Gautam Mody

General Secretary

Tehri Dam After 10 Years

After ten years”

Land rights are still a misery in the Tehri Dam displacement regions. Since 1978 to present, The Tehri Dam affected people are struggling for the basic amenities like electricity, water, health services, educational facilities, bank, even the post offices and fencing to protect the agricultural crops from animals. Only 40% of Old Tehri city has settled in New Tehri city, the people of city having retaining walls and stairs has been suffering from ankle’s pain and respiratory diseases. The promises of free electricity made by the immediate energy minister at the time of inauguration of the Dam on 29th July, 2005, have also remained as only promises for the people.

It has been 10 years since the inauguration of Tehri Dam and the lake of the Dam is already filled with sand on a dangerous level. Along with this, 40 villages around the lake are subsiding due to the lake of Tehri Dam. Whereas THDCIL, the Dam Company is considering them affected by natural disasters, and not by the Tehri Dam reservoir.

Due to incomplete rehabilitation, cases of N. D. Juyal, Shekhar Singh Vs. Union of India and others, and Kishor Upadhyay Vs. Union of India, Hon’ble Supreme Court has already prohibits from filling the reservoir fully. This also tells that finishing the Dam was only a stubbornness, due to which important conditions of Pari-Pasu was not followed in which rehabilitation work and engineering works of Dam should be happening together.

It was claimed to generate 1000MW of electricity Tehri dam but that also have never achieved. Here the question is also rising as where the money of 12% free electricity which was meant for state government has gone? According to the policy of Central Energy Ministry, this money should be spending on Dam displaced people and to solve the environmental issues.

After the dam construction, in 2010, the water was almost set to cross over the dam height. At that time also this was proved that the survey line of  reservoir was wrong. Oustees recognise in new serve they were not rehabilitated till now. Corruption in rehabilitation is very level. In the recent past government give river land to the oustess. This has stopped only after when this news came out.    

This again prove that in development people from river valley does not have place and devastation of environment and corruption is in full swing. Displacement begun in 1978 and electricity generation starts since 10 years but till now problems of oustees not solved.

What ex-prime minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi said after her Tehri visit in 1978 that this dam will give profit only to contractors and capitalist has proved.

After 10 years of commissioning the Tehri dam will the central government who is  chanting ‘’ Namami Ganga’’  and state government will think over this situation?

Vimalbhai, Puransingh Rana

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6-12 August, 2015 – Padyatra (Footmarch), Khalghat to Rajghat, (in Badwani) Narmada Valley

Stop the Jal-Samadhi of the 2.5 lakh people affected by Sardar Sarovar Dam

6-12 August, 2015 – Padyatra (Footmarch),

Khalghat to Rajghat, (in Badwani) Narmada Valley

Against Development Terrorism and Destructive Displacement

12 August onwards… Jeevan Adhikar Satyagrah (Right to Life)

Dear friends,

Despite the continuous struggle for 30 years in the Narmada Valley, the lives of tribal farmers, fisherfolks, workers and others is under grave threat. With raising the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam, water can flood villages spread upto 214 kilometers and submerge houses, farmers, shops, schools, temples & mosques, lacs of trees. This is a challenge for thousands of families. After every legal and field battle, about 11,000 families would get land but the rest are still without it. Thousands of adivasis, farmers, labourers, fishworkers and potters, those who have struggled for justice, legal and human, will be ousted and displaced. All of them need the support of those who stood by us and shared their energy, who witnessed the years of struggle, who collided with the rulers, who sang songs with us, who wrote, analysed and spread the voice, vision and the truth of the people’s struggle in Narmada, across the world.

All those who used the power of their pen and voice, our friends and allies, people’s groups, young & old, writers, journalists, film makers and other citizens, come together to raise your voice before these rains, against the corporate supported decision by Modi government that will drown and affect thousands of families from 245 villages without rehabilitation.

At the height of 122 mts, Sardar Sarovar Dam has already glutted thousands of hectares of land and submerged hundreds of houses. Right now, Dam height is being raised to 138.68 mts, and a lot of construction work is nearly complete, gates are yet to be put up flouting the decisions of the Supreme Court, ignoring laws and policy and plans, rehabilitation and environmental protection. Just the hilly adivasi areas and plains of Nimad that comprise of densely populated villages and a township, can face a watery grave. All sensitive and concerned citizens and organisations are bound to challenge this!

Every issue related to this dam is an issue related to development – the issue of grabbing thousands of hectares of land, hollow commitments of rehabilitation, left half way and corruption, save the culture and environment of the Valley, diversion of land and water worth crores; to corporations against peasants and other poor. These questions are in resonance with those of the common people and workers of the country and other concerned citizens.

We appeal to you all, the concerned citizens of this nation, to join us at this critical time where Narmada Valley is struggling for its life and death. Join us and sit with us to plan a way ahead and the direction. Stay and walk with us to understand the life in the Valley, truth of rehabilitation and corruption, the status of the dam and other truths.

We will march from 6th of August, from Khalghat, on the banks of Narmada, on a footmarch through the partly affected and to be submerged villages and talk about various people’s struggles, will remember Hiroshima while walking through Khalghat (on the Agra-Mumbai road, 2 hrs from Indore) to Rajghat. Please come and join to judge whether villages have been rehabilitated? Whose facts are right – people’s or rulers’? Join us to see and understand the challenges faced by the people who have followed truth and constitutional path vis a vis the powers all out to submerge. Hear from the people, monitor the water-level yourself and witness the fraud committed….

On 12th of August, we will reach Rajghat, on the banks of Narmada, near Gandhi Samadhi (District Badwani), and begin the indefinite Satyagraha for Right to Life.

Come and Join Us! If not now, then When?

How to reach Khalghat:- The Intercity Express train each night at 10.15 pm from Nizamuddin Railway station (Delhi) to reach Indore at 12:00 pm… and Avantika Express train from Mumbai. The sarvate bus stand is located, at a distance of 10 minutes from Indore Rly Stn. Every 30 minutes, buses leave for Khalghat and Badwani. Buses ply to khalghat from Indore, Dhule, Khandwa, Pune, Baroda and also Mumbai. Khalghat is on Mumbai-Agra highway. Badwani is 1.5 hrs. From Badwani.

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For more information and planning your itinerary please contact-

Badwani contact:- Meera 09179148973, Mukesh 09826811982,

Delhi contact:- VimalBhai 09718479517, Shabnam 09643349452, Sanjeev Kumar 09958797409, Amit 0848694483

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Updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 30 July 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. JV with NTPC for Patratu inked: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150730/jsp/jharkhand/story_34326.jsp#.VbnEjPmqqko
  2. Satpura thermal plant incurred excess expenditure of Rs 1,000 cr on coal and oil: CAG: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Satpura-thermal-plant-incurred-excess-expenditure-of-Rs-1000-cr-on-coal-and-oil-CAG/articleshow/48272541.cms?
  3. ABC corrects Alan Jones’s Q&A claim that boosted cost of wind power tenfold: http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jul/30/abc-corrects-alan-joness-qa-claim-that-boosted-cost-of-wind-power-tenfold
  4. Nava Bharat Ventures achieves financial closure for 300 MW coal project:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48265526.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  5. Alston T&D to supply transformers to Neyveli Thermal Power Station: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/alston-t-d-to-supply-transformers-for-neyveli-thermal-power-station-115072900642_1.html
  6. Non-coal mine auctions Centre to deploy officials to push state preparedness: http://indianexpress.com/article/business/business-others/non-coal-mine-auctions-centre-to-deploy-officials-to-push-state-preparedness/#sthash.vJ3T9RHZ.dpuf
  7. U.S. Private Sector Vows To Ante Up On Climate Finance: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/private-sector-climate-finance-19286
  8. A coal power plant project near BRB Canal had been scrapped: http://tribune.com.pk/story/928318/coal-power-plant-project-scrapped-govt-says/
  9. Meralco plans to invest $1.2 billion in power projects: http://www.mb.com.ph/meralco-plans-to-invest-1-2-billion-in-power-projects/#sUmr81ug7T72s43T.99
  10. Oil, gas usage up; coal declines: http://english.cntv.cn/2015/07/28/VIDE1438026717277490.shtml
  11. Rajasthan cabinet approves Rs 1.56 lakh crore worth solar projects:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48257209.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  12. Can floating solar panels solve Mumbai’s power woes? – See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/can-floating-solar-panels-solve-mumbais-power-woes/16407175#sthash.ytk6yVtg.dpuf
  13. G20 could determine if rich meet climate finance promise: http://www.rtcc.org/2015/07/28/g20-could-determine-if-rich-will-meet-climate-finance-promise/#sthash.Zfd7uiQ6.dpuf
  14. Peabody flags Australian coal mine cuts as shares lose 93% in a year:: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/peabody-flags-australian-coal-mine-cuts-as-shares-lose-93-in-a-year-20150728-gimldx.html#ixzz3hLuvBW9L
  15. Why has Australia’s largest coal mining union backed Labor’s Renewable Energy Target?: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4282591.htm
  16. Rs 75,000-crore loans at risk if viability issues of power projects not solved soon: Crisil: http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-rs-75000-crore-loans-at-risk-if-viability-issues-of-power-projects-not-solved-soon-crisil-2108955
  17. Power sector loans worth 4 lakh crore may be at risk: Crisil:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48262589.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  18. CERC backlog of nearly 800 petitions, a drag on power projects:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48262519.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

B.IFIs

  1. Asian Development Bank, Centre ink $300 million loan pact for National Urban Health Mission:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48253900.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  2. China can benefit if it treats its AIIB partners with fairness: http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1844794/china-can-benefit-if-it-treats-its-aiib-partners-fairness
  3. AfDB President Urges Japanese Businesses to Invest in Africa: http://allafrica.com/stories/201507281082.html
  4. ADB: Nepal could lose funding if no improvement: http://www.ekantipur.com/2015/07/28/business/adb-nepal-could-lose-funding-if-no-improvement/408547.html
  5. BRICS bank seeking a complementary role: http://www.ecns.cn/business/2015/07-28/174829.shtml
  6. India consortium close to Nijgadh Fast Track deal: http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2015/07/27/top-stories/india-consortium-close-to-nijgadh-fast-track-deal/278882.html
  7. Axis Bank signs $200 mn bilateral loan with Asian Development Bank: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/banking/axis-bank-signs-200-mn-bilateral-loan-with-asian-development-bank/article7470437.ece
  8. China’s economic slowdown may not spell gains for India: http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/china-s-economic-slowdown-may-not-spell-gains-for-india/article1-1374153.aspx
  9. World Bank rejects energy industry notion that coal can cure poverty: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/29/world-bank-coal-cure-poverty-rejects
  10. ‘India has the potential to become a multi-trillion dollar economy’: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/india-has-the-potential-to-become-a-multi-trillion-dollar-economy-115073000032_1.html
  11. Rajan is right, the window dressing of bad loans by banks should end: http://www.firstpost.com/business/rajan-right-window-dressing-bad-loans-banks-end-2369754.html

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Nod for bus-stand concept plan soon: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/nod-for-busstand-concept-plan-soon/article7472618.ece
  2. U’khand’s new land act to efficiently use holdings: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/Ukhands-new-land-act-to-efficiently-use-holdings/articleshow/48272018.cms?
  3. Govt plans to convert 101 rivers into national waterways: Amitabh Verma: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/govt-plans-to-convert-101-rivers-into-national-waterways-amitabh-verma-115072300630_1.html

Press Release: Pakistan – India Citizens condemn Terror attack in Gurdaspur

Indian and Pakistani Citizens Condemn Terror Attack in Gurdaspur Demand Joint Mechanism to Deal with Terrorism

We the concerned citizens of India and Pakistan unequivocally condemn the dastardly attack by terrorists in Gurdaspur, Punjab on 27th July 2015 and express our heartfelt condolences and solidarity with the families of four police personal and three civilians killed.

Taking note of the statements alleging that the terrorists have crossed from the border with Pakistan and the condemnation of the attack by the Government of Pakistan and their denunciation of all forms of terrorism, we strongly urge that it is high time for India and Pakistan to jointly address the issue of terrorism that is causing incalculable damage to both countries and the entire Sub-Continent.

It is clear that all such attacks are perpetrated by some vested interests who are determined to derail the spirit of dialogue and peaceful resolution of outstanding issues. At this juncture, both sides should maintain equanimity of mind and refuse to be led into the trap laid by terror outfits. Both countries should continue with the proposed meetings of the NSAs as decided at Ufa and initiate sustained processes for bilateral dialogues to resolve all outstanding issues, lay foundations for a joint mechanism to fight terrorism and promote optimal regional cooperation.

We demand that India, Pakistan and all other countries of South Asia should immediately set up a joint mechanism to address terrorism as per the SAARC Regional Convention on Suppression of Terrorism that was signed by all SAARC countries on 4th November 1987 and ensure that all organisations and individuals involved in any form of terrorism are identified, proscribed and prosecuted with utmost urgency and vigour to root out the menace from the region.

We also demand a thorough and time bound investigation into the present terror attack and urge all countries and investigation bodies to cooperate fully in unraveling the conspiracy and exposing all groups and actors involved in perpetrating the current terror attack to ensure there are no repeats in future.

Signatories

India  Pakistan
Mahesh Bhat-Mumbai Karamat Ali- Karachi
Jatin Desia-Mumbai Sheema Kirmani- Karachi
Kodanda Ramiah-Banguluru Farooq Tariq- Lahore
Satya Paul- Delhi B.M.Kutty- Karachi
Mazher Hussain-Hyderabad

Press Release: 30 Years of Narmada Struggle: National Convention 28 July 2015

Narmada Struggle is a National Struggle for Peace, Justice and Democracy

MPs, Eminent Citizens, Experts and Social Activists express solidarity at National Convention on 30 Years of the Narmada struggle

Call upon the Govt. of India to review decision on SSP and expedite rehabilitation as per law and judicial orders

Scientists, academics, students, activists, parliamentarians, lawyers and others declare their support, solidarity and participation in the Padh-yatra and Satyagrah to be launched in the Narmada Valley from the 6th Of August

28th July, 2015, New Delhi: That the struggle of the people in the Narmada valley is symbolic of the struggle of millions of common people across the country and is a united fight to sustain peace, justice and democracy in these trying times, was the conclusion that emerged out of a day long Convention, organized on the eve of 30 years of relentless struggle by the Narmada Bachao Andolan in the Sardar Sarovar project affected areas for their legal, human and constitutional rights.

Gathering at the Constitution Club in New Delhi, more than two hundred people including many present and former MPs, Retired Judges, senior social activists, lawyers, artists, film makers, writers, technical experts, environmentalists, academics and young persons participated and expressed solidarity with the resilient adivasis, farmers, fisher people, landless and thousands of other Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) oustees who have been challenging the illegality of the raise in dam height in violation of the binding norms of the Narmada Tribunal and the Judgements of the Supreme Court. Numerous supporters from the Left parties were proffered. The Bhumi Adhikar Andolan also participated in the Convention.

Com. D. Raja, MP, CPI, Com Shri Ragish, MP, CPM, Shri Swamy, MP, Rajya Sabha Former CPM – MP, Shri Hannan Mollah extending their solidarity, stated that their state and national units would provide increased support to the Andolan and would mobilize political support for the cause, both inside and outside the Parliament. They condemned the anti-people nature of the NDA Govt. and called upon the Prime Minister to act within the confines of law, instead of taking the side of big business.

Affected people from the Valley highlighted that there is not enough understanding of what happens after displacement, with or without Rehabilitation and Resettlement. As Sanobar bi from Chikhalda village said, women have been the worse affected. Alluding to the Modi’s favorite Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, she said “of what use are toilets for people who have no homes or livelihood?!”.  Representatives from 3 states spoke of their 30 years of struggle and the gradual disintegration of their culture because of displacement, lack of good land, poor state of resettlement sites, massive corruption etc.

Veterans Shri Kuldip Nayyar, Admiral Ramdas and Jst. Retd. Rajinder Sachar, heard the representatives from the three states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, stated that the struggle in Narmada is emblematic of what is happening in the whole country. They conveyed their complete solidarity and assured that they shall raise the issue at every possible fora.

The Convention began with a presentation by Com. Hannan Mollah, environmentalist Soumuya Dutta, senior socialist leader Dr. Sunilam and reservoir expert Dr. Raj Kachroo, who shared their findings and feelings after their visit to the valley and mentioned highlights from their Fact-Finding Report. They stated that the decision to raise the dam has serious implications on the lives of thousands of people, while on the ground rehabilitation with land and livelihood is far from over. The recent issue of throwing 16,000 families “out of submergence” on the basis of wrong back-water calculations was decried and a review was called for as also rehabilitation of all these oustees.

Activists from Gujarat including Rohit Prajapati, Lakhan Musafir, Sagar Rabari and Krishnakant exposed the hoax of “development” by SSP in Gujarat and questioned the fact that when less than 15% reservoir water is utilized, less than 30% canals have been built, why is there an urgency, on the basis of illegality to push the dam ahead? It is only for companies that lakhs of hecatres of land are being de-commanded and millions of litres of water are being doled out at throw away prices to bottled water companies? Apoorvanand, Delhi University reiterated the problem with such a development model gaining momentum in the country.

Medha Patkar reflected upon how initial concerns of environment, the destruction of local economy and adivasi cultures have all come true in the past 30 years. Admiral Ramdass, an old supporter of the NBA reiterated that: law has been far too slow and often misleading for people.  Adv. Sanjay Parikh, legal expert for NBA reflected on how the growing perception that struggling for environmental justice automatically means being ‘anti-development’ has also influenced the Judiciary – which is a grave concern. Shri Prajapati echoed the sentiment of the hall and stated if the Govt. has declared war against the people, the People are ready to accept the challenge.

Com. Annie Raja, NFIW; Kavita Shrivastava, PUCL, Shri K.B. Saxena, Former Secy, Govt. of India and expert on land issues, Suhas Borker, senior media person and many others spoke during various sessions and questioned the legality of the present dam work in the light of massive legal and human rights violations and huge backlog of R&R.  Adv. Sanjay Parikh expressed concern over how the growing perception of ‘raising environmental questions means anti-development’ is influencing the Judiciary.

The Convention concluded with strong resolution of those in the parliament as well those in the villages, cities and streets to carry forward and intensify the struggle for justice. The Andolan declared that there would be a padyatra in the whole of the valley starting from 6th of August from Khalghat till the 12th of August, ending at Rajghat, where a Satyagrah will be launched.

Delhi Solidarity Group, National Alliance of People’s Movements, Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan

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