NBA Press Release
  13 July 2004
Save The Narmada, Save Humanity!

Rehabilitation Minister Visits Satyagraha: Assures Detailed Discussion

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Shri. Patangrao Kadam the new Minister for Rehabilitation in Maharashtra visited the Satyagraha site and held discussions with the people.

He attentively listened to the demands of the people. Realising the gravity of the situation, the Minister assured to hold the proposed joint meeting of the Overview and Planning Committees tomorrow, instead of July 15th.

The meeting will discuss among other things, the implementation of cabinet decision, making the records of affected people correct, planning of village-wise rehabilitation and purchasing private land and procuring forest land for rehabilitation. In the meeting NBA will be represented by Medha Patkar, Pratibha Shinde, Noorji Padvi, Pinjaribai, Chetan and others.

It may be noted that around 100 representatives from various villages from Maharashtra affected by the Sardar Sarovar dam began an indefinite Satyagraha at the Gandhi statue, near Mantralaya in Mumbai yesterday (July 12).

The people are demanding just rehabilitation, which is lacking even when their lives and livelihood are threatened in this monsoon, with large submergence anticipated.

Representatives of many organisations visited the Satyagraha site today to express their solidarity. They include film artist Sadashiv Amrapurkar, film producer Chitra Palekar, Sarvodaya activist Daniel Mazgaonkar, Smt.Ahalya Ranganekar, dam affected people from Nasik and Beed districts. College students from Nirmala Niketan and other colleges from Mumbai also visited the people to extend their support to the ongoing struggle.

Yogini Khanolkar