NAPM Strongly condemns the murder of Prof. MM Kalburgi

ANOTHER BLOW TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY OF THE COUNTRY – RELIGIOUS OUTFITS SHUNTING THE DOORS OF SECULARISM IN INDIA

National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) strongly condemns the murder of senior rationalist scholar Prof. M M Kalburgi and demands Govt. to order a probe into the matter immediately

August 31, 2015, New Delhi : Prof. M. M. Kalburgi hailing from Dharwad, Karnataka, a renowned rationalist scholar and former Vice-Chancellor of Hampi University, Karnataka, was shot dead on 30th August 2015 by unidentified gunmen at his residence, at point blank range. The murderers escaped on a motorcycle. The National Alliance of People’s Movements strongly condemns the murder, which is suspected to be yet another attempt of right wing extremists to kill persons with rationalist views.

Earlier, leading rationalist and anti-superstition activist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was murdered in Pune on 20th August 2013, and left leader and outspoken critic of Hindutva, Shri Govind Pansare was murdered in Kolhapur on 20th February 2015. This latest foul murder of Prof. M. M. Kalburgi, along with the earlier two murders, is suspected to have been committed by right wing religious extremists.

With a BJP government at the Centre providing tacit support, right wing Hindutva elements are emboldened and are increasingly coming out openly against persons who are merely critical of Hinduism. They are intolerant of persons who differ from them, and deliberately get “hurt feelings” or “hurt sentiments” at the slightest excuse. They choose to interpret even mere discussions, debates and statements about Hindu practices and rituals as an insult to Hinduism, and resort to threatening and attacking speakers and writers. They have also been indulging in “moral policing” accompanied by violence. If this trend is not immediately checked and turned back, the people of India will lose their freedom of speech and association, and India’s secular democracy will turn into fascism.

So far, despite considerable popular uproar regarding the premeditated killings, the police has been unwilling or unable to make arrests in both Dabholkar and Pansare murder cases, which took place in broad daylight, just like the murder of Kalburgi. What is common to all three premeditated murders is that the victims had all been repeatedly threatened by right wing extremists due to their rationalist views and opposition to obscurantist beliefs.

Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shri Ram Sene have staged statewide protests against their views and are suspected to be responsible for the killings. Co-convenor of the Bajrang Dal’s Bantwal (Karnataka) cell, Bhuvith Shetty, showing his extremism towards religious freedom and independent views, is openly celebrating the murder with a tweet, which states: “Then it was U.R.Ananthamurthy and now M.M.Kalburgi. Mock Hinduism and die dogs (sic.) death. And dear K. S. Bhagwan you are next”. This is naked terrorism by a religious extremist, which government must urgently deal with in accordance with the law.

The Constitution of India guarantees liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship to all citizens, and prescribes development of scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform as every citizen’s fundamental duty. The words and actions of these fundamentalist terror groups goes directly against the spirit of the Constitution. But governments have been lackadaisical, perhaps even deliberately so, in investigating these crimes and reining in the groups which have been issuing veiled as well as naked threats (like the tweet above) to persons who are rationalist in thought and belief.

The rise of religious fundamentalism is bringing the democracy and secularism of India into serious question, and may permanently and irreversibly destabilize the Republic. It is high time for government to declare these religious outfits as terror groups and take necessary actions against them. Without such stern and rapid action, we may soon witness situations like those happening in Bangladesh, where Islamic fundamentalists are killing rationalist bloggers.

The National Alliance of People’s Movements, therefore demands that

1) CBI must thoroughly investigate the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M.M.Kalburgi with a sense of urgency, arrest the suspected murderers and the guiding forces behind them, and ensure that sufficient hard evidence is made available to the public prosecutor to secure conviction.

2) Prime Minister Narendra Modi must unequivocally declare his stand as well as the union government’s stand regarding all the three premeditated murders, and institute procedures to deal with such acts of terrorism.

3) Terrorist outfits regardless of the religion to which they belong or claim to support, must be declared as “terror groups” since, in direct contravention of the country’s democracy and secularism, they openly violate the freedom of speech by threatening and even eliminating persons who express different views.

Medha Patkar – Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM); Prafulla Samantara – Lok Shakti Abhiyan & Lingraj Azad – Samajwadi Jan Parishad – Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, NAPM, Odisha; Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava – Kisan Sangharsh Samiti & Meera – Narmada Bachao Andolan, NAPM, MP; Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, Prasad Bagwe – NAPM, Maharashtra; Gabriele Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan – Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, TN; C R Neelkandan – NAPM Kerala; P Chennaiah & Ramakrishnam Raju – NAPM Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Sandeep Pandey, Arundhati Dhuru, Richa Singh, Nandlal Master – NAPM, UP; Sister Celia – Domestic Workers Union & Rukmini V P, Garment Labour Union, NAPM, Karnataka; Vimal Bhai – Matu Jan sangathan & Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand; Anand Mazgaonkar, Krishnakant – Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat; Kamayani Swami, Ashish Ranjan – Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan & Mahendra Yadav – Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar; Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, J S Walia, NAPM Haryana; Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan; Amitava Mitra & Sujato Bhadra, NAPM West Bengal; Bhupender Singh Rawat – Jan Sangharsh Vahini & Rajendra Ravi, Madhuresh Kumar and Shabnam – NAPM, Delhi

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Updates on Coal, Energy, IFis, Land, Water and Forest: 31 August, 205

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Singareni receives 13 bids offering mines on foreign soil: http://www.thehindu.com/business/hyderabad-runners/article7587419.ece
  2. World’s biggest coal port joins fossil fuel divestment push: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/28/worlds-biggest-coal-port-joins-fossil-fuel-divestment-push
  3. PIB grants pre-construction clearance to Khurja Super Thermal Power Plant: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/PIB-grants-pre-construction-clearance-to-Khurja-Super-Thermal-Power-Plant/articleshow/48717165.cms
  4. Indonesian president inaugurates power plant project despite land dispute: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-president-inaugurates-power-plant-project-despite-land-dispute
  5. Michael E. Kraft: Dodging political snags, Obama pushes US energy policy forward: http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/column/guest/michael-e-kraft-dodging-political-snags-obama-pushes-us-energy/article_ea6b7aae-b5d3-5050-9ea8-e3868e644e35.html#ixzz3kNCwvJJR
  6. Sompeta power plant stalled: http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2015-08-30/Sompeta-power-plant-stalled-173394
  7. Coal, gas reps to address future of fossil fuels in WV: http://www.statejournal.com/story/29907893/coal-gas-reps-to-address-future-of-fossil-fuels-in-wv
  8. Coal bed methane complaint against council rejected: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-34065945
  9. NDMC’s Smart Grid project to upgrade power distribution: http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-ndmc-s-smart-grid-project-to-upgrade-power-distribution-2120001
  10. Andhra cancels land allotment for controversial power project: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/andhra-cancels-land-allotment-for-controversial-power-project-115082900707_1.html
  11. GMR plans to export power from its Nepal plants to Bangladesh: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/gmr-plans-to-export-power-from-its-nepal-plant-to-bangladesh-115083000189_1.html
  12. NLC to Soon Commission 2nd Unit of Tuticorin Thermal Plant: http://profit.ndtv.com/news/industries/article-nlc-to-soon-commission-2nd-unit-of-tuticorin-thermal-plant-1212277
  13. Maharashtra: Tadoba tiger reserve faces coal mine threat: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-maharashtra-tadoba-tiger-reserve-faces-coal-mine-threat-2119970
  14. Mining company slump started in 2010 new report reveals: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/mining/11831364/Mining-company-slump-started-in-2010-new-report-reveals.html
  15. Many ultra-mega power projects fail to take off, future uncertain: http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/many-ultra-mega-power-projects-fail-to-take-off-future-uncertain/article1-1385868.aspx
  16. Coal miners’ memorial rises from tragedy, honor and community sacrifice: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865635697/Coal-miners-memorial-rises-from-tragedy-honor-and-community-sacrifice.html
  17. Suppliers Feel Pain as Coal Miners Struggle: http://www.wsj.com/articles/suppliers-feel-pain-as-coal-miners-struggle-1440936000
  18. Fact check: Will Adani’s coal mine really boost employment by 10,000 jobs?: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/8/31/policy-politics/fact-check-will-adanis-coal-mine-really-boost-employment-10000
  19. Ministers face down party faithful over coal mines: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/ministers-face-down-party-faithful-over-coal-mines/story-fnihsrk2-1227505247230?from=public_rss
  20. Many ultra-mega power projects fail to take off, future uncertain: http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/many-ultra-mega-power-projects-fail-to-take-off-future-uncertain/article1-1385868.aspx
  21. R-Power asks PFC to buy out Sasan UMPP: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/r-power-asks-pfc-to-buy-out-sasan-umpp-115082900032_1.html

B.IFIs

  1. Asian Development Bank offers aid for Myanmar’s flood relief  http://www.menafn.com/1094321265/Asian-Development-Bank-offers-aid-for-Myanmars-flood-relief
  2. Centre Clears Drinking Water Project: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/Centre-Clears-Drinking-Water-Project/2015/08/29/article2999290.ece
  3. Nigerian banks and the changing phase of project financing: http://businessdayonline.com/2015/08/nigerian-banks-and-the-changing-phase-of-project-financing/
  4. Gammon offloads assets, pares debt: http://www.financialexpress.com/article/companies/gammon-offloads-assets-pares-debt/127147/
  5. Community-based eco-tourism will boost income of tribals’: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/communitybased-ecotourism-will-boost-income-of-tribals/article7598957.ece
  6. The bright spot: Indian economy offers hope as China struggles: http://www.firstpost.com/business/the-bright-spot-indian-economy-offers-hope-as-china-struggles-2414226.html

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Environment activists pick holes in Ken-Betwa river linking plan: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/LupYODecuKVra1dePnR5OK/Environment-activists-pick-holes-in-KenBetwa-river-linking.html
  2. Green activists demand action against top officials: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Green-activists-demand-action-against-top-officials/articleshow/48738361.cms?
  3. Land ordinance to lapse today, says PM Modi: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Land-ordinance-to-lapse-today-says-PM-Modi/articleshow/48737156.cms?
  4. PM seals fate of land ordinance: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150831/jsp/nation/story_39946.jsp#.VeQbofmqqko
  5. NDA govt dedicated to poor, farmers: BJP President Amit Shah: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-nda-govt-dedicated-to-poor-farmers-bjp-president-amit-shah-2120246
  6. Modi govt ‘finally accepts land ordinance was a mistake’: AAP: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Modi-govt-finally-accepts-land-ordinance-was-a-mistake-AAP/articleshow/48734710.cms?

People’s Movements announce National Bhu Adikar Jan Vikas Yatra

Day 14: Jeevan Adhikar Satyagraha

People’s Movements announce National Bhu Adikar Jan Vikas Yatra

15 states decide intensive support actions: Country rallies for Narmada

Stop Installation of SSP Gates: Review Sardar Sarovar

25th August, 2015: Support and solidarity kept soaring for the Narmada valley on the 14th day of the Jeevan Adhikar Satyagraha, a mass action by the Sardar Sarovar dam-affected oustees, demanding stoppage of installation of dam gates, until rehabilitation of the 2.5 lakh oustees and a comprehensive review of the costs and benefits of the Project. Adding strength to the demand of the oustees was the voice and vision of numerous senior representatives of people’s movements and social organizations across the country who committed to carry the message from the valley to the four corners of the country and the world outside and shake the power centres in Delhi, Bhopal, Mumbai and other places.

They said that the SSP Scam is much bigger than the Vyapam scam in many respects and the Modi-Shivraj nexus would be fully exposed by them in each state and city. The participants decided to hold state level meetings, actions, write thousands of letters to the authorities and the Supreme Court as well, hold press conferences, post card campaign, supportive jal satyagrahs demanding justice for the people and a dialogue with the Satyagrahis. Numerous Convenors of the National Alliance of People’s Movements who were also present at the Satyagraha, as part of the Convention on Land, Livelihood and Housing Rights, announced that the NAPM would embark on a month-long yatra in November, 2015 and would appeal to all like-minded networks and movements across the country to challenge to current paradigm of corporate loot, anti-people development and communalism and link every struggle. A three day “Chintan Shibar” from 17th to 19th Oct, 2015 has also been planned to reflect on the challenges facing our democracy today and plan effective strategies to combat the same.

joint mass action by thousands of people from the valley and other supportive organizations would be held on the 28th, September, marking the Harsud Day. “Satya can face trouble, but will never be defeated, we shall continue with increased spirit, said fish worker Sava from Pichhodi and she dared Mr. Modi to submerge the valley. She said that the oustees not leave the battle field of Rajghat now, without obtaining their demands. Hundreds of oustees stayed put even today from villages Piplud, Dhanora, Sondul, Bhavaria, Khaparkheda, Gopalpura, along with the tank and canal-affected villagers of Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar, Jobat Dam affected villagers as also the hilly villagers of Alirajpur.

Senior human rights activist, Manav Kamble from Maharashtra said that 15 months of Modi has demonstrated that if there is one person in the country who is the most serious threat, it is the Prime Minister. It is time that the janta of this country to turn the tables and show the PM his place. Avinash Patil from the anti-superstition campaign expressed full support to the satyagraha and assured that all district chapters of his campaign in Maharashtra and thousands of volunteers would carry the message from the satyagraha demanding justice to Narmada. Raj Kumar from Bargi said even as we challenge the State, its institutions and its undemocratic decisions such as the SSP dam, we also need to strive for values of social justice and equality. “The struggle against domestic violence and Dam-induced violence is the same and we must fight unitedly against all state and societal evils”, he said. Maruti Bhapkar,recalled the strong history of the movement and expressed courage that the people of the valley, who are owners of their lands and houses will emerge victors in this difficult phase as well and the entire country that has benefitted from the rich contributions of Narmada shall “Rally for the Valley”, he said. 

Senior leaders including Dr. Sandeep Pandey (Uttar Pradesh), Kailash Meena (Rajasthan), Dr. Sunilam (M.P.) Amitav Mitra (West Bengal), C.K. Janu (Kerala), Rama Krishnam Raju (Andhra Pradesh), Gabriele (Tamil Nadu), Kamayani (Bihar), Mahendra (Jharkhand), Sanjeev Kumar (Delhi), Harsing bhai, JADS, Badwani and many other condemned the Narendra Modi Governments decisions on Narmada and stated that the struggle across the country shall intensify and national campaign against installation of SSP gates and seeking review of SSP shall be take up with full strength in the interests of the lakhs of farmers, landless and fisher people of the valley.

Rahul Yadav          Pema bhai        Sunita        Kamal      Contact: 09179148973 / 9179617513

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नर्मदा बचाओ आंदोलन ने गेट नहीं लगने देने का किया ऐलान

बड़वानी | 25 अगस्त, 2015: राजघाट पर जीवन अधिकार सत्याग्रह द्वारा आयोजित भूमि-आवास-आजीविका महासम्मेलन के दूसरे दिन देशभर से आये मान्यवर नागरिकों व जनसंगठनों के प्रतिनिधियों के सरकार द्वारा सत्याग्रहियों की मांगों को लेकर चुप्पी पर सवाल उठाया | उन्होने मांग करी कि सरकार तत्काल संवाद के लिए आगे आये व कोई दुर्घटना होने से पहले मांगो को सुनकर जल्द निपटारा करे | गौरतलब हो कि गत 12 अगस्त से नर्मदा नदी किनारे राजघाट पर नर्मदा बचाओ आन्दोलन द्वारा अनिश्चितकालीन सत्याग्रह चलाया जा रहा है जिसमे आन्दोलन ने ऐलान किया था कि अगर इस बार बिना पुनर्वास के डूब आती है तो आंदोलन का समर्पित दल नर्मदा किनारे से नहीं हटेगा व डूब का सामना करेगा चाहे उसके लिए जल समाधि ही देनी पड़े |

महासम्मेलन के दुसरे दिन देश के 15 राज्यों से आये मान्यवार नागरिकों व जनसंगठनों के लोगों ने आज बैठक लेकर नर्मदा बचाओ आंदोलन द्वारा चलाये जा रहे संघर्ष की गंभीरता और उसकी व्यापकता को समझा | उन्होंने नर्मदा घाटी के लोगों से लम्बी बातचीत की व समस्याओं को समझा | इसी बीच जनांदोलनों के राष्ट्रीय समन्वय ने तत्काल निर्णय लेते हुए सत्याग्रहियों को देशभर के जनसंगठनों की ओर से समर्थन घोषित किया | समन्वय ने राज्यवार, नर्मदा घाटी में चल रहे संघर्ष, कार्यक्रमों का स्वरुप तय किया और जल्द ही उसपर काम करने का संकल्प लिया |

किसान संघर्ष समिति के अध्यक्ष व मुलताई के पूर्व विधायक डा. सुनीलम जो जनांदोलन के राष्ट्रीय समवाय के राष्ट्रीय संयोजक भी है ने बताया की सामान्य आने वाले दिनों में प्रधानमंत्री, मुख्यमंत्री, राज्य मानव आयोग व सम्बंधित मंत्रालयों को लगातार पत्र लिखेंगे व इसके साथ-साथ प्रभावित गावों द्वारा पोस्ट-कार्ड अभियान चलाया जायेगा | हरसूद दिवस (28 सितम्बर) को नर्मदा घाटी के लोगों द्वारा तथा अन्य संगठनों द्वारा एक संयुक्त कार्यक्रम किया जायेगा |  भोपाल, मुंबई, दिल्ली व ने सत्ता केन्द्रों पर दिन तय करके एक दिनी सत्याग्रह करा जायेगा |

तमिल नाडू से आई गेब्रियल, जो श्रमिक महिलाओं का संगठन चलाती है व सम्बंधित मुद्दों पर कई किताबे भी लिख चुकी है उन्होंने नर्मदा बचाओ आन्दोलन को देश-भर के आंदोलनों का प्रेरणा स्त्रोत बताया और साथ ही में उनका सत्याग्रहियों को उनका समर्थन ज़ाहिर किया |

वहीँ आदिवासी गोत्र सभा की सी. के. जानू ने कहा की जो सरकार लोगो के खिलाफ काम कर रही है और उनके खिलाफ नीतियाँ बना रही है उनको अगली बार सत्ता में हरगिस नहीं आना चाहिए और उसका विरोध करना चाहिए | उन्होंने सरदार सरोवर विस्थापितों किये जा रहे संघर्ष को सलाम किया |

नर्मदा बचाओ आन्दोलन की नेत्री मेधा पाटकर ने ऐलान किया की सरदार सरोवर परियोजना से प्रभावित लोग उनके साथ हो रहे अन्याय को नहीं सहेंगे चाहे उसके लिए शहादत भी देना पड़ जाये, शायद तब सरकार होश में आयेगी | उन्होंने बताया कि आज भी 244 गाँव व 1 नगर सरदार सरोवर से प्रभावित है जिससे 2.5 लाख प्रभावित है जिनका पुनर्वास अभी बाकी है | उन्होंने आज फिर दोहराया की बिना पुनर्वास के आंदोलन बाँध पर गेट्स नहीं लगने देगा |

इसी मौके पर जनांदोलनों के राष्ट्रीय समन्वय अपना एक मुख्य कार्यक्रम के बारे में जानकारी दी जिसमे बताया गया की आने वाले दिनों में भू-अर्जन व झूटी विकास की अवधारणा के खिलाफ नवंबर माह में एक देशव्यापी ‘भू-अधिकार जन विकास यात्रा’ चलाई जाएगी | इस अवसर पर रामकृष्ण राजू, कैलाश मीना, संदीप पाण्डेय, कामायनी स्वामी, महेंद्र यादव, अमिताव मित्रा, संजीव कुमार, शबनम, जो अथियाली, कुसुम जोसफ, डा. सुनीलम, अराधना भार्गव, सुनीति सु.र., सुभाष लोमते, मारुती भापकर, सतीश लोमते, प्रसाद बागवे, सुहास कोल्हेकर, परवीन जेहंगीर, साधना दाधीच, पूनम कनौजिया, उमेश तिवारी, डॉ. रुपेश वर्मा, मानव काम्बले  इत्यादि लोग मौजूद रहे |

 

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Updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 20 August, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Coal prices plunge to 12-year low: http://www.asianage.com/business/coal-prices-plunge-12-year-low-736
  2. Coal finds utility in science: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150820/jsp/northeast/story_38039.jsp#.VdVpAPmqqko
  3. Green energy sector gets only a small share of NGEF: http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/green-energy-sector-gets-only-a-small-share-of-ngef/article7558351.ece
  4. Vandana Gombar: Cost down, efficiency up: http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/vandana-gombar-cost-down-efficiency-up-115081901195_1.html
  5. China’s carbon emissions from fossil fuels may be 14% lower than thought: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/19/chinas-carbon-emissions-may-be-lower-than-thought
  6. Deficit monsoon hits hydel power output in Karnataka: http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-106125.html
  7. Panel on coal linkage auction to meet this week: http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/panel-on-coal-linkage-auction-to-meet-this-week/article7557545.ece
  8. Coal mining sector running out of time, says Citigroup: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/19/coal-mining-sector-running-out-of-time-says-citigroup
  9. 20 power projects yet to take off in state: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/20-power-projects-yet-to-take-off-in-state/articleshow/48540167.cms?
  10. Concern over rapid warming of Indian Ocean: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/concern-over-rapid-warming-of-indian-ocean/article7560045.ece
  11. Global moratorium on new coal mines, says Kiribati: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/global-moratorium-on-new-coal-mines-says-kiribati-115082000017_1.html
  12. Plan for Paris: looking beyond emission cuts: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/plan-for-paris-looking-beyond-emission-cuts/article7558260.ece
  13. Clinton seeks distance from Obama on climate change issues: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Clinton-seeks-distance-from-Obama-on-climate-change-issues/articleshow/48544735.cms?
  14. How Adani group can get its $7.2 billion coal mine project in Queensland back on track:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48549276.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  15. Decline of Global Coal Mining Industry Set to Accelerate: Citigroup: http://www.the9billion.com/2015/08/19/decline-of-coal-mining-to-accelerate/
  16. ANTI-COAL KING GEORGE SOROS SNAPS UP COAL STOCKS http://www.wnd.com/2015/08/anti-coal-king-george-soros-snaps-up-coal-stocks/#0sR6L6xPiMOqpXks.99
  17. Give up your climate policy: CEA Arvind Subramanian’s advice is no good for India: http://www.firstpost.com/india/give-up-your-climate-policy-cea-arvind-subramanians-advice-is-no-good-for-india-2399120.html

B.IFIs

  1. IMF freezes benchmark currency basket till 2016, defers yuan addition: http://www.business-standard.com/article/reuters/imf-freezes-benchmark-currency-basket-defers-any-yuan-addition-115082000067_1.html
  2. Taiwan’s Foxconn and Chinese partners could lift Modi’s ‘Make-in-India’ campaign: http://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/taiwans-foxconn-and-chinese-partners-could-lift-modis-makeinindia-campaign/article7558250.ece
  3. LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE WELCOMES WORLD’S FIRST GREEN MASALA BOND TO ITS MARKETS: http://www.twst.com/update/123116-london-stock-exchange-plc-london-stock-exchange-welcomes-worlds-first-green-masala-bond-to-its-markets
  4. WB-govt meet reviews status of $2.0b funds for 13 projects: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/08/20/104667
  5. IBRD Corporate Finance (DFiCF): http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTABOUTUS/ORGANIZATION/CFPEXT/0,,contentMDK:23597281~menuPK:9630645~pagePK:64060249~piPK:64060294~theSitePK:299948,00.html
  6. Faster green clearances helps CIL add 130 mt new capacity: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/faster-green-clearances-helps-cil-add-130-mt-new-capacity-115081900855_1.html
  7. Tribal council to reject Athirappilly power project: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/tribal-council-to-reject-athirappilly-power-project/article7560031.ece

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Slams govt ‘doublespeak’ on land bill: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Slams-govt-doublespeak-on-land-bill/articleshow/48550481.cms?
  2. Odisha government introduces bill in assembly to prohibit land grabbing: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/Odisha-government-introduces-bill-in-assembly-to-prohibit-land-grabbing/articleshow/48546645.cms?

Updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 19 August, 2015

A.Coal & Energy

  1. Resolution of compensatory tariff issue key for Tata Power, Adani Power: analysts: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/resolution-of-compensatory-tariff-issue-key-for-tata-power-adani-power-analysts-115081800316_1.html
  2. Kerala in pact with Adani for Rs 7,525-crore Vizhinjam port projecthttp://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48516296.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  3. Power distribution companies made money from meters, says CAG:
  4. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48524167.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  5. MP Pollution Control Board faltered on environmental monitoring: CAG: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/MP-Pollution-Control-Board-faltered-on-environmental-monitoring-CAG/articleshow/48526228.cms?
  6. SJVNL to construct Luhri power project in 3 phases: http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/sjvnl-to-construct-luhri-power-project-in-3-phases/121313.html
  7. With Asia’s largest solar power project commissioned, MP has made historical progress in power generation http://social.yourstory.com/2015/08/asias-largest-solar-power-project/
  8. Well tests near coal ash ponds suggest natural contamination: http://www.wral.com/well-tests-near-coal-ash-ponds-suggest-natural-contamination/14838451/#Sk4BG7TIo38q80Cx.99
  9. Billionaire George Soros warms up to coal as stock prices hit bottom: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/08/19/billionaire-george-soros-warms-up-to-coal-as-stock-prices-hit-bottom/?intcmp=hpbt2
  10. Tests find water polluted outside Duke Energy coal ash range: http://wn.ktvu.com/story/29826046/tests-find-water-polluted-outside-duke-energy-coal-ash-range
  11. Coal prices fall to 12-year lows as China, India join demand slowdown: http://dc.asianage.com/business/coal-prices-fall-12-year-lows-china-india-join-demand-slowdown-443
  12. Power supply to southern states to be hit by NLC strike: Jaya tells PM: http://www.oneindia.com/india/power-supply-to-southern-states-to-be-hit-by-nlc-strike-jaya-1842334.html
  13. TPCIL synchronises 660-MW unit at Krishnapatnam plant:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48533533.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  14. Ministry plans changes to business model for ultra mega power projects: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/ministry-plans-changes-to-business-model-for-ultra-mega-power-projects/article7554394.ece
  15. Progress of India, China must be mutually supportive: Envoy: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/progress-of-india-china-must-be-mutually-supportive-envoy-115081801071_1.html
  16. In Odisha, 20 IPPs yet to begin construction work: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/in-odisha-20-ipps-yet-to-begin-construction-work-115081800874_1.html

B.IFIs

  1. Asian Development Bank to be engaged in TAPI gas pipeline: http://www.oilvoice.com/n/Asian-Development-Bank-to-be-engaged-in-TAPI-gas-pipeline/31128a2baf66.aspx
  2. ‘Infrastructure gap’ in developing Asian economies threatens to hamper growth: http://www.startribune.com/asia-s-infrastructure-gap-threatens-to-hamper-growth/322130801/
  3. Parliament: S’pore can be a key player in Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/parliament-spore-can-be-a-key-player-in-asian-infrastructure-investment-bank
  4. Pension funds keen on infra projects in Asia: http://business.inquirer.net/197337/pension-funds-keen-on-infra-projects-in-asia#ixzz3jF4P42kt
  5. Maharashtra to seek Japanese investment in infra, auto, IT, manufacturing, smart cities: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/maharashtra-to-seek-japanese-investment-in-infra-auto-it-manufacturing-smart-cities-115081700433_1.html
  6. ADB & AIIB: How Bangladesh can benefit from both: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/08/18/104324
  7. Consensus between government, RBI on monetary policy panel and PDMA reached : Finance Ministry:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48529710.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  8. Reserve Bank of India suspends licences of Religare Finance, 6 Other NBFCs:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48518266.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  9. Global Financial Development Report 2015 | 2016: Long-Term Finance: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2015/09/14/global-financial-development-report-2015-2016-long-term-finance
  10. Bankruptcy code, litigation policy to be ready soon: FM Arun Jaitley:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48533374.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  11. JICA offers 100 per cent loan for Rs.6,728-cr. Light Metro:http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/jica-offers-100-per-cent-loan-for-rs6728cr-light-metro/article7556190.ece

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Project hit write to PM, demand review of rise in SSP dam height: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/indore/Project-hit-write-to-PM-demand-review-of-rise-in-SSP-dam-height/articleshow/48529963.cms?
  2. River of life: http://www.frontline.in/books/river-of-life/article7541440.ece

Tehri Dam – Even after 35 years civic amenities not completed

Even after 35 years civic amenities not completed

State government can do from its resources

After the 10 years of commissioning the Tehri Dam, oustees put question on state government. People are continuously sending letters regarding their problems to State Government. People along with Matu Jansangathan sent a letter to Chief Minister requesting that many of the problems can be solved at the level of state Government.

The displaced of Tehri Dam HEP are being sent to Pathri part 1,2,3,4 at Haridwar, in the name of rehabilitation since 1979. Around 40 villages are set up at this place.

Oustees should have been provided basic amenities along with the rehabilitation but we’ve been asking the government for past 35 years for the same. None of the governments paid heed to our requests and because of this we still live in utter distress.

  • The oustees have not yet got their land rights in the displaced land. Because of this we cannot avail any government facility like farmer’s ration card, subsidies etc. We cannot even apply for bank loans, we have no property to show. We do not even have documents to show that we live here.

  • In past 35 years, around 24,000 displaced people live here with no health facility. Even basic Health centers and child care centers are not available.

  • After a lot of efforts, we’ve been able to have schools till 10th class but there is no availability of education after that.

  • Only part 1 had one bank cooperative society. After 35 years, in September 2013, another Indian Overseas Bank opened, again in Part 1 only.

  • There is no transport facility by the government provided at all.

  • Since past 35 years, oustees have still not been provided with post office and hence can not avail any of its services although the building is there for it to function.

  • There is no protection wall to protect agricultural farms and because of it wild animals continuously harm crops and farms.

  • According to the policy of Ministry of Power, oustees should have been provided free electricity but even after paying we do not have adequate supply of electricity. When Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde were the Power Minister, he announced 100 units of free electricity to the people displaced because of Tehri HEP.

  • For drinking water and irrigation people have done their means for it. Even after flowing Ganga nearby, facility of irrigation for the farms has not yet been provided, even when the water is coming only after drowning our very villages.

  • Temple, Roads and other basic amenities are still missing after 35 years of displacement.

It is extremely sad situation.

The electricity is regularly produced at Tehri HEP and the state government is earning regular revenues out of it. The total revenue must be more than thousand crores till date.

The state government should utilize the money, getting form generated from electricity generation from Tehri HEP should be used for the displaced people of the project. The energy ministry’s guideline in “Guidelines for development of Hydro Electric Projects Sites” 23 May 2006 speaks of the same fact that 12% free power should be used for developmental facilities for the displaced population. The concerned paragraph is:

2.3 Provision of 12% free power to the home state Government of India, vide its O.M. dated 17th May, 1989 have approved that “since the Home States are increasingly finding it difficult to locate alternative land and resources for rehabilitation of the oustees in hydro-electric projects. They, need to be suitably assisted by giving incentives, such as the (proposed) 12% free power, to enable them to take care of the problems of rehabilitation in the areas affected by the hydro-electric projects.

Without such assistance and incentives, considerable hydel potential of the country would remain unutilized. Accordingly, the State Government shall be entitled to realize 12% free power from the project for local area development and mitigation of Guidelines for development of Hydro Electric Projects Sites hardships to the project affected people in line with the Govt. of India policy”.

Also according to Hydro power Policy, 2008, under the chapter “Salient Features of New Hydro power Policy”

10.1 (h) An additional 1% free power from the project would be provided and earmarked for a Local Area Development Fund, aimed at providing a regular stream of revenue for income generation and welfare schemes, creation of additional infrastructure and common facilities etc.

This money should be utilized to provide amenities that have remained pending for the displaced people in Pathri Bhaag 1,2,3,4, Haridwar.

Thus we demand that:

  • The displaced should get the land rights in an immediate manner. The rights should be as mentioned in “Sankramani Z a category K” (‘‘संक्रमणी जैड ए श्रेणी क‘‘). If there is an issue of forest land, the state government needs to deal it with center and the forest department itself but the land rights to the people need to be immediately given.

  • All the displaced rural locations should be declared “Revenue” villages immediately.

  • According to the guidelines of the Energy Ministry, free electricity should be provided to these villages and central government should be approached if needed for its quick application.

  • Education, health, transport, irrigation and drinking facilities should be immediately provided to these villages. For its expenses, 12% free electricity from Tehri HEP in which Koteshwar Dam also comes should be utilized.

  • For all these works, associations of the displaced should only be assigned the responsibility for quality management and better surveillance.

  • Because of displacement and 35 years of unavailability of basic amenities, we’ve remained backward socially, politically, economically and educationally. Therefore, Pathri Part 1,2,3,4 should be declared backward regions constitutionally.

The state and central government should together work to accomplish these work. Before making dams, there is a need to regulate the displacement, rehabilitation and environmental concerns of the old projects. This is the demand of justice.

Vimalbhai,         Puran Singh Rana,                  Asha Dobhal,                           Balwant Singh Panwar

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FRA Implementation in Nuapada district :An Overview

FRA Implementation in Nuapada district :An Overview

In the district the total forest land constitutes 49.45 % of the total geographical area. While most of the forest land around 99.98 is revenue forest land (including the 2.89 per cent DLC land) and only 0.02 per cent is reserve forest. There are 658 revenue village in the district. Besides, based on the census report 2001, the Govt. of Odisha has identified 7 more forest villages/un surveyed villages in the district. Besides there While the scheduled caste population constitutes 13.46% of the total population the scheduled tribe constitutes 33.80%.

It is to be noted that as per FRA Status report produced by the State Level Monitoring(SLMC) Govt. of Odisha by 31st May 2015, only 23257 Individual Forest Rights (IFR) claims have been filed at the Gram Sabha level and 6040 IFR titles have been issued to the tribals of the district over 16913.32  acres of forest land including 531 titles over 1946 acres of forest land issued to the Chikutia Bhunjia PTG/PVTG.

It is also reported that, so far only 35 community forest rights (CFR) Claims have been filed at the Gram Sabha level and by the time only 18 CFR titles have been issued over 1900 acres of land .

Even the SLMC in last March,2015 had reported that around 609 CFR claims (465 in B  form and 144 claims in C form) have been filed at the Gram Sabha and only 18 CFR titles have issued in the district which is in fact a faulty report.

Besides, out of the total(6040) IFR issued extension of different developmental programmes have been done over 3359 IFR titles holder including 1482 under IAY, 45under Mo Kudia, 157 under Mo Pokhari, 1675 under MGNREGS and 17 under National Horticulture  Mission Schemes.

One of the major issues identified in the district have been non–recognition of IFR and CFR rights over the forest land “Gramya Jungle Joyga Kissam”. This issue was raised by the Jami Jungle Mukti Andolan before the administration including the Boar of Revenue and the tribal department, Govt. of Odisha. However,  despite the provision under FRA and recommendation of the Board of Revenue, unfortunately the Tribal Development Department has issued a clarification on dated 31st Dec 2011 that the “Gramya Jungle Joyga Kissam” is not forest land and Fra titles cannot be issued over these land(Also find the attached circular). Of course, many of the IFR titles already issued in the district are over “Gramya Jungle Joyga Kissam”.

Also find some photographs of the protest Rally.

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non-registered Sangathana , Nuapada affiliated to the Campaign for Survival and Dignity(CSD) Odisha  after the protest Rally on 14th August , 2015.

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