R&R sub-group meeting defers further construction on the dam
Representatives dharna at Delhi to 'remind' them that rehabilitation is
Secretary to the Ministry of Tribal Welfare urged to visit the
Sardar Sarovar submergence area;
Asked to take stern action on the officials involved in the Dewas killings
Taking into consideration the objections raised by Narmada Bachao Andolan,
the Rehabilitation and Resettlement sub-group of Narmada Control Authority
appears to have deferred any further construction on the dam. This is
despite sustained pressure from the party states to increase the height
of the dam, irrespective of their poor record of rehabilitation. The NBA
has time and again pointed out that thousands of families are still to be
rehabilitated, who have been affected by the already-constructed dam.
The sub-group has given time till May 15th for the concerned party states
to verify the list of people, submitted by NBA, who have not been
rehabilitation and who will get affected this monsoon, at 90 mts, the
dam height approved by the Supreme Court.
Earlier during the day, over 300 tribals and peasants of Narmada Valley
reached Delhi and sat on a peaceful dharna in front of the MoSJ&E to
'remind' the concerned officials that their rehabilitation is not done and
they are left with no option but to face the rising waters. They
represented the villages which are sure to face submergence this year, and
whose rehabilitation is not yet done.
The decision of the R&R sub-group meeting was conveyed by its Chairperson,
Smt.Asha Das to a team of NBA consisting of Luvariyabhai (Pipalchop village),
Noorjibhai (Danel, Maharashtra), Nattubhai (Tukheda, Gujarat), and Medha Patkar.
Secretary to the Ministry of Tribal Welfare was met by a delegation of NBA
and representatives who came from Dewas (Madhya Pradesh), where the police
brutally gunned down 4 tribals in Mehandikheda. The Secretary, Shri.S.K.Nayak
was urged to take stern action against the Superintendent of Police, the
District Collector and the District Forest Officer, who together ordered
the bloody massacre. He was also asked to visit the area and see the
reality for himself.
Shri.Nayak was also asked to visit the Narmada Valley to feel the reality
there and see for himself the thousands of tribal families who are left to
be rehabilitated and the plight of ones who are already shifted to
rehabilitation sites. Considering the urgency, he has been asked to do it
in the next one month.
The Commissioner of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Shri.Duleep
Singh Bhuria will be met by a delegation of NBA to impress upon him the
current situation in the Valley.
Representatives of Adivasi Morcha Sangathan, Adivasi Mukti Sangathan and
other organisations working among the tribals of Dewas participated in the
dharna during the day.
Nishant Natya Manch, a powerful theatre group, performed a series of plays
during the day portraying the plight of oustees and tribals.
Joe Athialy (Camp: Delhi)
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