Updates on Coal, Energy, IFIs, Land, Water and Forest: 29 September, 2015

A Coal & Energy

  1. NALCO to start coal mining, increase alumina and bauxite production- Chand: http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20150926/2687405.html
  2. A Dark But Redeeming Tour Of Coal Country, With Composer Julia Wolfe: http://www.npr.org/2015/09/26/442917172/a-dark-but-redeeming-tour-of-coal-country-with-composer-julia-wolfe
  3. L&T bags orders worth Rs 1,509 cr in September: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/l-t-bags-orders-worth-rs-1-509-cr-in-sep-115092800255_1.html
  4. Major Coal Group in NE China to Cut 100,000 Jobs: http://english.cri.cn/12394/2015/09/27/4202s897690.htm
  5. CIL urged to focus on mine safety: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150927/jsp/business/story_44753.jsp#.VgjVdN-qqko
  6. Need to look at mining ecosystem as a whole: EY: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/need-to-look-at-mining-ecosystem-as-a-whole-ey/article7689765.ece
  7. NGT refuses to decommission Uttarakhand project: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/ngt-refuses-to-decommission-uttarakhand-project/article7693388.ece
  8. India to announce climate commitments on Gandhi Jayanti: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-to-announce-climate-commitments-on-gandhi-jayanti/article7692846.ece
  9. India to summit INDCs on reducing emissions next week: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/india-to-summit-indcs-on-reducing-emissions-next-week/#sthash.GwDgXiJR.dpuf
  10. India to Submit Contributions on Reducing Emissions Next Week: http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/india-to-submit-contributions-on-reducing-emissions-next-week-1223794
  11. The Clean Power Plan Ignores Clean Coal Success — and Our Real Chance to Lead the World: http://www.forbes.com/sites/judeclemente/2015/09/27/the-clean-power-plan-ignores-clean-coal-success-and-our-real-chance-to-lead-the-world/
  12. Coal isn’t dead; it’s a takeover target: http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/coal-isnt-dead-its-a-takeover-target-20150927-gjvuao.html
  13. New light at Crab Orchard related to new coal processing plant: http://www.register-herald.com/news/new-light-at-crab-orchard-related-to-new-coal-processing/article_ca4589a2-5d10-5dce-97ed-3f1ce8b85b63.html
  14. Australian Coal: our energy future or dirty past: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/coal-a-dirt-habit-or-miracle-rock/6765318
  15. Renewables overtake coal in the UK energy mix for the first time: http://www.gizmag.com/renewables-overtake-coal-uk-energy-mix/39602/
  16. NTPC’s Lara thermal project in Chhattisgarh to start by March 2017:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49123785.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  17. Nandipur Power Project: A spooking reality: http://www.brecorder.com/br-research/44:miscellaneous/5844:nandipur-power-project-a-spooking-reality/
  18. Greenpeace warns of environmental impact of Indonesia’s 35,000 MW project: http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/greenpeace-warns-environmental-impact-indonesias-35000-mw-project#sthash.EfGcrm2b.dpuf
  19. Lenders approve higher cost in 4 Lanco Infratech projects:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49131115.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  20. Madhya Pradesh to focus on wind, solar power sources: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/madhya-pradesh-to-focus-on-wind-solar-power-sources-115092800018_1.html
  21. Rooppur nuke project to be modern, safe: http://www.thedailystar.net/city/rooppur-nuke-project-be-modern-safe-148489
  22. $191,775 in federal funds sought for 5 projects: http://thedailyreview.com/news/191-775-in-federal-funds-sought-for-5-projects-1.1949234
  23. Carbon Energy bags cornerstone funding, gas partner for China:http://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/64785/carbon-energy-bags-cornerstone-funding-gas-partner-for-china-64785.html
  24. Mining without damaging environment high on Centre’s agenda: Javadekar: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/mining-without-damaging-environment-high-on-centres-agenda-javadekar/article7695069.ece
  25. A Health-Care Model in Coal Country: http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-health-care-model-in-coal-country-1443407522
  26. Solar power plant commissioned in Neyveli: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/solar-power-plant-commissioned-in-neyveli/article7700066.ece
  27. 2018 date for power plant: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150929/jsp/jharkhand/story_45043.jsp#.VgowUd-qqko
  28. Neyveli Lignite to set up 4,000 MW of solar plants: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/neyveli-lignite-to-set-up-4-000-mw-of-solar-plants-115092800668_1.html
  29. Modi stresses India’s commitment for 175 GW clean energy goal: http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-126390.html
  30. Power plants told to bear cost of fly ash transportation: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/power-plants-told-to-bear-cost-of-fly-ash-transportation/article7695947.ece
  31. At UN, Rouhani says Iran nuke deal good for environment: http://www.timesofisrael.com/at-un-rouhani-says-iran-nuke-deal-good-for-environment/

B.IFIs

  1. The Latest: North Korea Says US Wants It to ‘Suffocate’: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/hollande-kicks-off-day-meetings-airstrikes-news-34079213
  2. How the AIIB can carve its path to success: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/9/28/china/how-aiib-can-carve-its-path-success
  3. WB approves $20m credit: http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-09-28/wb-approves-20m-credit.html
  4. 10 things you need to know before European markets open: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/european-markets-open-september-28-2015-9
  5. sco-membership-a-potential-trump-card-for-pakistan: http://tribune.com.pk/story/963374/sco-membership-a-potential-trump-card-for-pakistan/
  6. Hurdles for Mumbai Metro-4 and 5: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/hurdles-for-mumbai-metro-4-and-5/16565160
  7. foreign-aid-not-yet-productive: http://thehimalayantimes.com/finance/analysis/foreign-aid-not-yet-productive/
  8. ADB maintains 4.7pct growth outlook for 2015: http://www.mytechbits.com/adb-maintains-4-7pct-growth-outlook-for-2015/98116109/
  9. Japanese Team Drafts Design for CMCH Upgrade: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Japanese-Team-Drafts-Design-for-CMCH-Upgrade/2015/09/28/article3051171.ece
  10. Thilawa kicks off region’s manufacturing transformation: http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/Thilawa-kicks-off-region-s-manufacturing-transformation
  11. Design soon for Jamuna rail bridge: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/09/28/109499
  12. Problem govt inherited in banking sector is of unprecedented proportions: Panagariya: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Problem-govt-inherited-in-banking-sector-is-of-unprecedented-proportions-Panagariya/articleshow/49132034.cms?
  13. Foreign investors get relief from controversial MAT: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Foreign-investors-get-relief-from-controversial-MAT/articleshow/49127575.cms?
  14. India to get USD 123.51 mn ADB loan for tourism development: http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-126944.html
  15. Station development project to attract $20 billion: Suresh Prabhu : http://www.oneindia.com/india/station-development-project-attract-20-billion-prabhu-1883671.html
  16. Asian Development Bank commits $6B to fight climate change by 2020: http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/asian-development-bank-commits-6b-to-fight-climate-change-by-2020-1.2580699
  17. China’s president vows $2bn fund to poor nations: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/09/26/430849/China-Xi-UN-China-fund
  18. Interview: China’s role pivotal in shaping future south-south cooperation trends: http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=303376
  19. Overseas experts optimistic about global influence of Chinese economy: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-09/26/c_134663055.htm
  20. China pledges $3 billion to fight climate change: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/China-pledges-3-billion-to-fight-climate-change/articleshow/49116739.cms

C.Land, Water & Forest

  1. Reclaim land for industry from rivers, reservoirs: http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Swaminomics/reclaim-land-for-industry-from-rivers-reservoirs/
  2. Registration of land for SEZ to begin soon: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/registration-of-land-for-sez-to-begin-soon/article7695953.ece
  3. No further move by Adani to take over Gangavarm port: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/no-further-move-by-adani-to-take-over-gangavarm-port/article7697230.ece
  4. SC dismisses M.P. govt. plea against oustees: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/sc-dismisses-mp-govt-plea-against-oustees/article7700172.ece
  5. Plea against land for SSP oustees rejected: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/503468/plea-against-land-ssp-oustees.html

 

 
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Supreme Court stresses on the Right to Land for the Sardar Sarovar Oustees

PRESS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release                                                                           28th September, 2015

Supreme Court dismisses Govt. of MP’s Application denying right to land to thousands of adult sons of Sardar Sarovar oustees

Right to land of every adult son as per 2000 & 2005 judgement remains intact

NBA welcomes Order: SC Order establishes that large scale pending R&R

New Delhi: In a significant Order, the Social Justice Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Jst. Madan Lokur and Jst. Uday Umesh Lalit today dismissed an Application filed by the Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) / Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) seeking a ‘modification / clarification’ of the Apex Court’s previous judgements of 2000 and 2005, thereby denying right to land of a few thousand adult sons of the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) affected farmers.

The Hon’ble Court held among other things that the Application by State of MP suffers from gross delay / laches having being filed many years after the judgements were issued (upholding the right to land of the SSP adult sons) and the rights / entitlements already accrued to the oustees in principle cannot be taken away. The Bench also had to take note of the fact that while the entitlement of most of the adult sons have already been recognized many many years ago, one set of oustees have been offered land / Special Rehabilitation Package (5.5. lakhs for 5 acres) since the judgement of 15/3/2005 of the Apex Court and another set of oustees are being denied the same; this would result in a clear violation of Article 14 of the Constitution which guarantees a fundamental right to equality. Terming this “not to be good governance”, the Court summarily dismissed the Application.

Arguing for the oustees, Adv. Sanjay Parikh stated that besides being un-maintainable, the Application is based on a gross misinterpretation of the 2011 judgement of the Apex Court, in the Omkareshwar Dam case, which is not applicable to the Sardar Sarovar oustees. He said that as per the Narmada Tribunal Award and the 2005, 2005 judgements, all adult sons are un-disputably entitled to 5 acres of cultivable and irrigable land. He also informed the Court that the NCA, R&R Sub-Group and the GRA, all 3 authorities concerned with the SSP oustees have already taken decisions / issues orders to the effect that the Omkareshwar judgement if not applicable on SSP and the SSP adult sons are entitled to land allotment separately.

NBA and all the SSP oustees welcome the Order of the Hon’ble Court which is not just an affirmation of the judgements of 2000 and 2005 of the Court, but also is a vindication of the rights and struggle of thousands of adivasis and other farmers, who have been waiting for land-based rehabilitation since many years and many of their families have also faced unlawful submergence in the previous years.

The effect of today’s order is that all the adult sons of the Sardar Sarovar Oustees would be entitled to and have to be allotted 5 acres of cultivable land separately. This includes hundreds of farmers who have been entangled in the fake registries scam (almost 2000 + oustees to be finalized by the Jst. Jha Commission), 1,500 oustees who been received only one instalment of cash but could not purchase land and hundreds of those who have been given uncultivable land out of the land bank. About 500 applications pending before the GRA (M.P.) can also now be immediately decided in the favour of the adult sons on the basis of today’s order.

The Respondents in this case were represented by Adv. Sanjay Parikh, assisted by Adv. Clifton Rozario and Adv. Ninni Susan and Medha Patkar, who is a petitioner-in-person in the connected matters. GoMP was represented by ASG Adv. Patwalia and the NCA by ASG Tushar Mehta.

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Repeal AFSPA – Irom Sharmila unhappy with the Centre’s delay

Sharmila unhappy

IMPHAL, Sept 25 – Rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila, who has been fasting for over 15 years demanding repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), has expressed dissatisfaction over the Centre’s delay in scrapping the law.
“I am not happy with the Centre’s delay,” Sharmila, who appeared before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate of Imphal East yesterday, told the media waiting outside.

The activist, who is being nose-fed, said though she has been on a hunger strike for more than one and half decades against imposition of AFSPA, her democratic agitation was not honoured.

She said the government has kept her in judicial custody for all these years instead of repealing AFSPA which was against the right to live.

Sharmila said she would continue her movement till the fulfilment of her demand and appealed to the people to work together till the Act was scrapped. – PTI

Delhi citizens protest against complete breakdown of health services

PRESS RELEASE: Delhi citizens protest against complete breakdown of health services and apathy of private hospitals

Mass organisations, public health activists and civil society groups demand Delhi Govt. to declare dengue an epidemic and ensure that no hospital refuses to admit dengue patients

Members of over 16 mass organisations, public health and civil society groups came together at the Delhi Secretariat today to protest against the rapidly deteriorating health situation and apathy of private hospitals. The city has been witnessing a spate of tragic dengue deaths where private hospitals have been refusing to admit desperate patients and public hospitals are overburdened and under-prepared. Dengue has now reached epidemic proportions in Delhi as also experienced for the last decade.  The number of reported cases so far is a record high (over 2500 cases by 19th Sep), though the actual number is likely to be much higher than what is being reported.

Despite it being a known fact that Dengue generally peaks during the post monsoon season (during the months of August to October), the lack of preparedness of State agencies, the negligence and extremely weak response,  blatant denial of health care reflect the apathy of the State and its disregard for people’s health rights and lives.  The stories of Avinash Rout and Aman Sharma are unfortunate illustrations of this – they were citizens who had fallen prey not only to the disease, but also to the heinous acts on the part of the (only for profit) private health care institutions, and to the non-vigilance and non-preparedness of the State.

Annie Raja of NFIW demanded that the Delhi Government declare an epidemic and action a comprehensive epidemic control and response plan especially for the needy, economically weak and vulnerable communities. Joe Verghese of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan said ‘there is an urgent need for a citizen’s fact finding commission lead by public health experts to understand and draw wider attention to the systemic issues that lead to collective failure to manage the recent dengue epidemic in the state.’  Prof. Dinesh Varshney of Delhi University spoke of the corruption involved in medical education pointing out that ‘the Vyapam scam is happening in every state, not just in Madhya Pradesh’. He also stressed the need to declare an epidemic and immediate measures be taken including stringent action on private hospitals that are not adhering to rules. ‘In several countries around the world, it is compulsory for private hospital doctors to treat patients in public hospitals in an epidemic situation’, he said.

Citizens gathered protested against the extremely disorganised response by the state machinery which has only been passing the buck between state and central government and municipal agencies. A delegation of four representatives met the Health Minister Satyendra Jain with a memorandum of demands (attached) including long-term commitments to ensure fundamental and structural changes in the uncaring, inhumane and profit-driven health system.

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Protest against deteriorating health situation in Delhi

URGENT CALL: Protest against deteriorating health situation in Delhi

23rd September, 11am @ Delhi Secretariat ITO

Keeping in mind the recent tragic dengue deaths of two children in which private hospitals had refused them admission, an urgent meeting of public health groups, activists and concerned individuals was called on 17th September 2015. It is the need of the hour to collectively oppose the deteriorating health system in the city and build pressure through direct action since there is much anger and frustration amongst general public against denial of services, expensive treatment and a host of other grievances.

India has one of the largest privatized health system where 85% of expenditure on health is borne by individuals. Health is a vital issue because it is a matter of life and survival. The Delhi Nursing Home Act 1953 and Clinical Establishments Act 2010 are limited in their scope and have grave limitations in ensuring universal access to healthcare or even minimum human rights. Private hospitals are indulging in criminal activity with some even deploying agents to dupe the poor.

There has been a dengue outbreak in the city every time this year for more than a decade and various government agencies are only passing the buck without addressing its root causes. There are many unreported deaths. Even though the Delhi govt. has taken much credit for the increased health budget, its benefits are yet to be seen. There is a pressing need to bring the issue into the public arena, only public accountability can bring about the goal of right to health for all.

Calling all organisations and individuals who have been a victim to the private healthcare racket and crumbling public health system to join the protest on 23rd at Delhi Secretariat ITO and demand affordable healthcare for all.

Contact: 9958863754 (Joe Verghese, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan)

दिल्ली में बिगड़ते स्वास्थ हालात के विरोध में एक जरुरी आह्वान

23 सितम्बर 2015 को दिन में 11 बजे

दिल्ली सचिवालयITO पर प्रतिरोध प्रदर्शन

बीते सप्ताह दक्षिणी दिल्ली में निजी अस्पतालों द्वारा दो डेंगू पीड़ित बच्चों को अस्पताल में भर्ती लेने से मन कर दिया गया और अंतत: दोनों ही बच्चे काल के गाल में समा गए. इस प्रकार नीजी अस्पतालों द्वारा गरीब मरीजों को भर्ती लेने से किया जाने वाले अपराधिक इन्कार व सार्वजनिक स्वास्थ व्यवस्था के बिगड़ते हालातों ने दिल्ली शहर को चलाने वाले गरीबों के स्वास्थ को बुरी तरह प्रभावित किया है. इन तमाम मुद्दों पर चर्चा करने के लिए जन स्वास्थ से सरोकार रखने वाले सामजिक समूहों, राजनितिक कार्यकर्ताओं और संवेदनशील लोगों की एक आवश्यक बैठक 17 सितम्बर 2015 को बुलाई गई थी, जिसमे उपस्थित सभी लोगों ने महसूस किया कि दिल्ली में डेंगू एक महामारी का रूप धारण करती जा रही और इससे निपटने के लिए सार्वजनिक स्वास्थ सुविधाओं का अभाव, निजी अस्पतालों की मनमानी व खर्चीले इलाज ने आम लोगों के अन्दर गुस्से व जन-विच्छोभ को जन्म दिया है. ऐसे में आज के समय की जरुरत है कि दिल्ली में डेंगू से प्रभावित व इससे चिंतित लोग, संगठन व संस्थाएं एक साथ आयें और अपने संयुक्त संघर्ष के ज़रिये सार्वजनिक स्वास्थ व्यस्था को बेहतर करने तथा निजी अस्पतालों की मनमानी पर रोक लगाने के लिए दिल्ली सरकार पर दबाव कायम करें.

यद्यपि कि स्वास्थ का प्रश्न जीवन-मरण के प्रश्न से जुड़ा होता है फिरभी भारत में निजी स्वास्थ सुविधाओं का बड़े पैमाने पर निजीकारण किया जा चूका है. और आज इस देश में इलाज का 85% खर्च मरीजों द्वारा स्वयं उठाया जाता है. दिल्ली के अन्दर एक तरफ स्वास्थ के क्षेत्र में लागू दो अधिनियम “दिल्ली नर्सिंग होम अधिनियम, 1953 एवं नैदानिक स्थापन (रजिस्ट्रीकरण व विनियमन) अधिनियम, 2010” गरीबों को स्वास्थ सुविधाएं मुहैय्या कराने के मामले में काफी सिमित दायरा रखते हैं. तथा इन अधिनियमों की सीमाएं स्वास्थ तक सबकी पहुँच व न्यूनतम मानवाधिकारों को सुनिश्चित करने में भी बाध्यकारी साबित हो रही हैं. दूसरी तरफ नीजी अस्पताल मरीजों को अपने यहाँ खींच लाने के लिए एजेंटों की तैनाती किये हुए हैं और इलाज के नाम पर आम जनता से पैसा ऐंठने के लिए अपराधिक कृत्यों में संलिप्त हैं.

पिछले पांच वर्षों से हर साल बारिश के मौसम में मच्छर जनित वीमारी “डेंगू” अपना पैर पसारता है और सैकड़ों लोगों की जान ले लेता है. साथ ही साथ इस बिमारी से मरने वाले लोगों की एक  अच्छी खासी तादाद सार्वजनिक नहीं हो पाती है. लेकिन सरकारी एजेंसियां इसके मूल कारण पर काम कर इसका स्थाई समाधान करने के बजाय इस बिमारी को रोकने का सतही उपाय करते हुए एक दुसरे पर आरोप-प्रत्यारोप लगाने में मशगूल हो जाती हैं. वर्तमान में दिल्ली सरकार स्वयं के द्वारा स्वास्थ बजट बढ़ा देने का ढिंढोरा पीटने में लगी हुई है लेकिन इस डेंगू संकट में उस बढ़े हुए बजट का साकारात्मक असर कहीं भी दिखाई नहीं दे रहा है. इसलिए ऐसे में यह जरुरी है कि इन तमाम सच्चाईयों को जनता के बीच ले जाया जाय और जन स्वस्थ के मुद्दे पर सरकारों को जनता के प्रति जवाबदेह बनाया जाय. जनस्वास्थ के मुद्दे पर सरकारों को जनता के प्रति जवाबदेह बनाकर के ही सबके लिए स्वस्थ के अधिकार की गारंटी की जा सकती है.

इसलिए सार्वजनिक स्वस्थ सेवा के चरमराने व निजी स्वास्थ सेवा के गोरख धंधे के शिकार व्यक्तियों व इससे चिंतित संगठनों व संस्थाओं से अपील है कि इसके विरोध में 23 सितम्बर 2015 को दिल्ली सचिवालय पर हो रहे विरोध प्रदर्शन में शामिल होकर सबके लिए स्वस्थ अधिकार के गारंटी की मांग बुलंद करें.

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Press Release: BHUMI ADHIKAR ANDOLAN, ODISHA WILL ORGANISE MASS DHARANA IN FRONT OF GOVERNOR OFFICE ON 14TH OCTOBER,2015.

BHUMI ADHIKAR ANDOLAN, ODISHA WILL ORGANISE MASS DHARANA IN FRONT OF GOVERNOR OFFICE ON 14TH OCTOBER,2015.

Bhubaneswar,18th Sept, 2015: Demanding not to give ascent to ‘Odisha Land Grabbing(Prohibition) Bill-2015, which was undemocratically passed on last session of Odisha Legislative Assembly by the ruling Biju Janata Dal government without debate and in the absence of opposition members, the newly formed ‘BHUMI ADHIKAR ANDOLAN, ODISHA’ will organise a massive Protest Dharana in front of office of the Governor of Odisha on 14th October, 2015.

In an emergency meeting presided by senior journalist Mr. Rabi Das and organised at Bhagabati Bhaban,(State Office of Communist Party of India(CPI), Bhubaneswar on 16th September leaders of different peasants organizations and mass organizations decide to strengthen united mass movements against the anti-people and anti-farmer policy of both centre and state government.

Mr. Asish Kanungo-leader of Akhil Bharat Kisan Sabha, Mr. Abhiram Behera & Jameswar Samantray of Odisha Krusak Sabha, Mr. Srikant Mohanty of Chasi Mulia Sangha, Mr. Rebati Ballaav Mohanty of AIKKS, Mr. Santosh Rath from AIKKMS, Mr. Radhakanta Sethi of AIPF, Mr. Nityananda Parida from Odisha Khet Majdoor Union, Mr. Suresh Panigrahi from Basti Basinda Mahasangha, Mr. Jayant Bhoi of Chasi Surakshya Abhijan, Mr. Jyoti Ranjan Mohapatra from TUCC, Mr. Bijay Behera from Samajwadi Krusak Sabha, Mr. Prasant Paikray of PPSS, Mr. Narendra Mohanty from INSAF & BANABASI SURAKSHYA PARISHAD, Mr.Pradeep Sahu from CSD, Odisha, Sk. Abdul Walli of R.P.I (Krusak Manch), Mr. Arun Dihudi & Radhakant Das from Odisha Sramajibi Manch, Mr. Sala Marnddi of Odisha Adivasi Adhikar Manch, Mr. Pratap Sahu of Odisha Roadside Street Vendors Association, Mr. Satish Misra from INSAF, Mr. Chitta Ranjan Barik from On-organized Labour Union and Advocate Sankar Pani were took participated in the discussion & decision.

It was unanimously decided that the two prominent forum like ‘Jami Adhigrahan Virodhi Abhijan, Odisha; and ‘Joint Preparatory Committee of Mass Organizations, Odisha;, which organizing movement and different protest activities against anti-farmer and anti-people land policy of both Central & State Government will be merged and new forum ‘BHUMI ADHIKAR ANDOLAN, ODISHA’ will take the leadership all future movements.

News By: NARENDRA MOHANTY
(On-behalf of Bhumi Adhikar Andolan, Odisha.)
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4 Judge People’s Tribunal: ‘Development’ or Jaws of Death? Question Sardar Sarovar Oustees

Press Release                                                       12th September, 2015

Open Court Verdict in the Narmada Valley Dam increases! Submergence decreases? –

Fraud on the People,  Sardar Sarovar Dam Work Unlawful:

4 Judge People’s Tribunal  ‘Development’ or Jaws of Death? Question Sardar Sarovar Oustees

2 day Jan Adalat concludes: 4 Retired Justices call upon Supreme Court and Govt. of India to review the status of displacement, submergence and rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar oustees

Rajghat / Badwani, M.P. Pronouncing their interim verdict in the presence of about 10,000 oustees of Sardar Sarovar Dam, based on their observations and assessment of the legal and field situation, a Panel of 4 retired Judges of various High Courts concluded gross violations of the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal Award and Judgements of the Supreme Court. Speaking at the proceedings of the “Jan Adalat” organized by eminent citizens of the country, well-known Justices including Jst. P.C Jain (Rajasthan High Court), Jst. Nag Mohan Das (Karnataka High Court) and Jst. V.D. Gyani (Madhya Pradesh High Court) and Jst. N.K. Mody (Madhya Pradesh High Court) expressed grave concern at the displacement of about 2.5 lakh people due to the completion of the Dam and the mass violation of the constitutional right to life, destruction of livelihoods, as also wiping out of an entire culture and civilization.

They stated that the further dam work and installation of gates should not proceed in the present circumstances of clear evidence of multiple violations. Observing that the concerned authorities have miserably failed to comply with the provisions of the Award and the Apex court’ orders and have committed serious dereliction of legal obligations, they called for a serious review of the entire situation and a serious social-economic impact assessment. The Govt. and Apex Court must widen their horizons of ‘development’, in the light of the complex realities of the 30 years struggle of the Narmada valley, they said.

Reading out the operative part of their preliminary verdict, Jst. Jain exclaimed that the official claims of no additional submergence due to the current dam work is clearly unlawful and also unbelievable, since when the dam is being completed with the same original height, there is no reason why the submergence area would not increase ! Listening to testimonies of about 35 oustees they found that the Judgement of the Supreme Court dt. 18/10/200 and 15/3/2005 as well as several orders of the Grievance Redressal Authorities (GRAs). Jst Jain also said that the Government must await the Report of Jst. Jha Commission of Inquiry into Corruption in R&R before any further work is undertaken.

The 4 Justices urged the Social Justice Bench of the Apex Court to review its decisions and hearings in the light of the overwhelming evidence of legal violations and well as the obviously flawed “full rehabilitation” reports of the project authorities. The Jan Adalat specially acknowledged the valiant role of thousands of women warriors in the valley who have been keeping the torch of struggle aglow over the past 30 years.  These observations were made after hearing the depositions of about 35 oustees from the three states of M.P., Maharashtra and Gujarat, perusal of the NWDTA, various orders of the Apex Court, GRAs, interim reports of Jst. Jha Commission, official correspondence and intensive visit to various affected villages in the tehsils of Badwani, Kukshi, Manavar and Dharampuri yesterday.

The deponents before the Tribunal today included representatives of adivasis from the hilly and plain areas, other farmers who have been entangled in the fake registries scam, received meagre cash and denied land or given land from the land bank, landless oustees, including fish workers, potters, boatmen, small traders etc. Oustees from Maharashtra and Gujarat also expressed their grievances and pointed out to major violations.  The hearing was conduced in a completely formal manner, with a People’s Court set-up on the Narmada river bank at Rajghat and each oustee / deponent stood in the ‘dock’, as s/he deposed.

Bhagirath Dhangar spoke of the plight of hundreds of farmers, workers, small traders, shopkeepers, hawkers etc. whose lands and livelihoods are to be lost by the dam increase, with no alternative R&R in sight.   He questioned if the balance is indeed ‘0’, then how is it that the govt. fair price shops, panchayats, voting and even govt. licensed wine shops are functioning here? Mahesh Patel exposed the fraud in the name of back water levels due to which 16,000 families has been declared “out of submergence”. He said that all these unscientific claims would be blown up by Narmada herself and her fury into which 99 tributaries and 999 large darins flow. Fish worker families represented by Savabai (Pichhodi) & Madubhai (Chikalda) demanded fishing rights in the reservoir and alternative livelihood.  They said that fishing and riverine rights cannot be compensated in monetary terms.

Mr. Karan Yadav from Pipri read out the message from Mr. Ramesh Patel, the MLA of Badwani, admitting that governmental reports of R&R are patently false and that 99% oustees, still reside in the original villages awaiting R&R. Mr. Patel submitted a written demand to the Tribunal that the SSP gates should not be installed at this stage, without completion of R&R, as per law.  Meera spoke of the absolute failure and connivance of the elaborate machinery of monitoring and project authorities in complying with the Apex Court’s orders and demanded that all the clearances granted by the authorities are unlawful and need to be set aside by the Apex Court. Adv. Umesh stated that thousands of SSP oustees are now owners of the acquired lands/houses as per 2013 LAQ Act and Govt. dare not dispossess them.

Medha Patkar decried the massive violation of the rights of the Gram Sabhas in the constitutionally protected scheduled adivasi areas. She spoke of the possibilities of and need for a review even at this stage to avert the inhuman pauperization of 2.5 lakh people, for the benefits of corporates. “While displacement and disaster is planned by the State, development and rehabilitation is not” she said and concluded that continuation with the dam would mean a mass atrocity on the dalits and adivasis.

Shri Soumya Dutta, one of the members of the recent Fact-Finding Team to the Narmada valley (May, 2015), whose report has received wide attention and even alerted the Judges of a disaster in Narmada moderated the proceedings and shared with the Judicial panel, the findings of his Report co-authored by senior political leaders and experts including Hannan Mollah, Annie Raja, Dr. Sunilam, Raj Kchroo and Benoy Vishwam.

The Panel of Judges was invited by a team of distinguished citizens including Jst (Retd.) Rajinder Sacher [Retd. Chief Justice, Delhi High Court].; Syeda Hameed [Former Member, Planning Commission of India and National Commission for Women]; Sagar Sarhadi, Senior film maker, short story and play writer, writerdirector and producer; Prof. Anil Sadgopal, Eminent Educationalist and Founder, All India Forum on Right to Education.; Ramdas Bhatkal, Founder, Popular Prakashan, Mumbai and Senior Litterateur and Anand Patwardhan, Internationally Acclaimed Film Maker on Developmental and Human Rights Issues to hear the oustees and State agencies and give its findings on the legality of the decisions of the Government to pursue the dam work in the light of large number of complaints of denial of R&R.

Notably, the highest officials of the Central and State Governments including the Chairpersons of the NCA, R&R Sub Group and GRA, as well as the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Commissioner of NVDA, Bhopal, Collector, Nandurbar (Mah) and Commissioner, SSPA (Guj) were invited on behalf of the Organizers, but as none of them turned up, their chairs were kept vacant !

The hearing today was preceded by a day-full of intensive visits yesterday to various villages including Khalghat, Dharampuri Township as well as Vill. Semalda (Teh. Manavar) and Villages Chhota Barda, Pipri and Chikalda, Kadmal-Khaparkheda (Tehsil Kukshi); where elderly persons and women who poured out their grievances of denial of R&R, poor quality amenities at the resettlement sites, massive corruption, unlawful submergence in 2012-13 etc. The hearing began with a homage to Shri. Ramaswamy Iyer who passed away 2 days ago. Madhuresh of NAPM remembered of him as a beacon, for decades, in the water-ecology sector, whose own life was enriched by his engagement with the SSP struggle, as a Govt. Member of the 5-Member Review Panel and later his valuable contributions to the water rights regime, acknowledged internationally.

Mukesh          Hirdaram           Rahul Yadav                     Leelabai

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Major issues put forth before the People’s Tribunal

Some of the major issues that the oustees from the three states put forth before the Tribunal are:-

  1. a) Representatives of tribals – farmer (Kailash Awasya-Vill Bhilkeda, Surbhan-Vill. Kakrana and Ghokru-Vill.Bhadal) spoke of the atrocities on adivasis in the hills and plains and demanded that oustees who have not accepted cash and have been given bad land, should be given good land and compensation as per the GRA’s orders. They rejected the cash grants, exposed fraud in the name of land bank and SRP and demanded cultivable land as well as interim relief.
  1. b)   Deven Tomar, Dayaram and Rahul Yadav exposed the 1,000 crore corruption scam due to the fake registries, house plot irregularities, sub-standard works at R&R sites, livelihood grant fraud and demanded that there must be no further dam work until the Report of Jst. Jha Commission is out.
  1. c) Devram Kanera stated that there are lots of reasons to review the SSP even at this state. When the dam cost has shot up from Rs. 4,000 crores to Rs. 90,000 crores., why cannot there be a comprehensive review? Why not search for alternatives, he questioned ?
  1. d) Bhagiram (Piplud) and Mohan (Kundiya) who have been given only one instalment of the Special Rehabilitation Package refused the meagre cash grants, asserted the right to land of 1500 oustees like them and also of the 2000+ oustees those who have been entangled in fake registries scam or have been given only meagre cash in lieu of land.
  1. e) Representatives of landless and fish families including Pemal (Dhanora) refused the meagre cash grants as “rehabilitation” and stated that more than 10,000 families like hers are entitled to stable and sustainable alternative livelihood. She demanded that the middlemen should be completely eliminated from the R&R process.
  1. f) Sanobar Bi spoke of the impacts of Displacement, Denial of R&R and Implications for women and the unique situation of river-dependent women farmers, widows, single women.
  1. g) Haribhai, an old encroacher from Vill. Segava stated that hundreds of old encroachers on government land entitled to R&R are being denied land, since decades.
  1. h) Fish worker families represented by Savabai (Pichhodi) and Madhubhai (Chikalda) demanded fishing rights in the reservoir and alternative livelihood.  They said that fishing rights, river bed cultivations, boating rights etc. cannot be compensated in monetary terms. Madubhai also questioned the illegality of the GRA’s orders denying compensation for the 2012-13 submergence on the ground that submergence was due to the Omkareshwar dam waters, although the impact was due to the SP dam wall of 121.92 mts.
  1. i) Ramesh Prajapati from Nisarpur demanded recognition of the rights of the potters with alternative land for the brick kilns and the narrated the woes of potters due to frequent problems faced from the local administration.
  1. j) Mohan Patidar deposed on the status of villages like Bhavaria, Malangaon, Sondil etc. where entire hamlets are to become marooned (tapu – affected), but no surveys have been done in M.P. and no R&R entitlements have been given till date.
  1. k) Balram Kevat demanded livelihood rights for the generations, 5,000 strong old boats-men community affected by the SSP and other dams on Narmada.
  1. l) Shantabai warned of disasters worse than Nepal and Uttarakhand if the nature’s laws are are ignored and ecologically unsound projects like large dams or river linking is pursued !
  1. m) Bhagirath Dhangar (Chikalda) spoke of the plight of hundreds of small traders, shopkeepers, hawkers, artisans, tailors whose livelihoods are to be lost by the dam increase, with no alternative R&R in sight.   He said if the balance is indeed 0, then how is it that the govt. fair price shops, panchayts, voting and even govt. licensed wine shops function here ?
  1. n) Mahesh Patel (Vill. Kundiya) exposed the fraud in the name of back water levels due to which 16,000 families has been wrongly declared as “out of submergence”. He said that all these claims are unlawful and will be exposed by Narmada herself and her fury into which 99 tributaries and 999 large drains flow.
  1. o) Madan Alave (Pichhodi) stated that hundreds of tribal and other small farmers who are losing lands even for the R&R sites are denied land-based R&R. How can rehabilitation be complete without giving us land, he asked.
  1. p) Noorji Padvi (Vill. Danel) and Punya Vasave (Somaval R&R site), Maharashtra along with Yogini stated that when not less than 1200 oustees in Maharashtra, mostly affected under 121.92 mts, even at 80 mts are yet to be rehabilitated, how can the Governments claim “full or even substantial compliance”. Good land, irrigation facilities, house plots, compensation etc. are yet to be given to hundreds. The self-contradictory affidavits of the GoM before the Apex Court expose the fraud, they said.
  1. q) Lakhan Musafir, with Chaintamani and Shankar Kagda from Gujarat deposed about the status of the oustees in Gujarat and they stated that while hundred affected since decades are yet to be rehabilitated and still face problems at the R&R Sites such as denial of quality land, civic amenities etc, thousands more are to be affected in the name of  tourism projects, Garudeshwar weir, Sardar Patel Statue of Unity, Bharat Bhavan, Naar-Paar River Link Project etc.  Unique Problems of Project-affected in Gujarat: 6 Colony-Affected, Oustees due to Tourism plans, Garudeshwar weir,. – Costs and Benefits of SSP
  1. r) Vikram Verma and Mansaram Jat decried the massive impact to be caused on the Dharampuri township where not less than 10,000 people reside and Govt. claims that thousands are now suddenly ‘out of submergence’. Mr. Jat appealed to “My Lords” to ensure that the villages and real India survive.
  1. s) Mukesh and Jagish Patidar spoke of the further destruction to be caused by the canals in the irrigated villages, affected by SSP and Maheshwar dams close to Narmada and stated that while the Apex Court and Expert Committees have been looking into the violations, many grievances are still not fully resolved.
  1. t) Umesh Patidar drew the Panel’s attention to the fact that thousands of oustees have become absolute owners as per Sec 24(2) New Land Acquisition Act, 2013 and their lands should neither be submerged nor they be dispossessed without due legal process.
  1. u) Tukaram of Jagrit Adivasi Dalit Sangathan demanded that there should be a complete moratorium on large dams and only small projects in the interests of the farmers, workers and environment must be pursued

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