| NBA Press Release
|| 04 July 2007
Second Round Talks with the Narmada Minister: No Concrete Solution Offered
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Indefinite Fast Enters 29th Day: Health of Hunger Strikers Deteriorates
Displaced People's Resolve to Fight inspite of Heavy Showers and Illnesses
A delegation of the Narmada Bachao Andolan met Narmada Minister Shri Nagendra Singh for the second round of talks. The talk which continued for two hours yielded nothing significant. Shri Singh mentioned that the government can constitute a committee to look into problems related to rehabilitation and facilitate their resolution. However, the issue of composition of the committee and representation of the Andolan in the committee was not clarified. Also the minister said that many other important issues will require time for any concrete decision. Therefore it is clear that the issues raised by the Andolan have not been addressed, let alone resolved, and the indefinite dharna and fast will continue.
A month of struggle:
The struggle started by the affected people pf Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar in Khandwa on June 4th 2007, entered its second month today. Today is the 29th day of the indefinite fast by senior activists Ms Chittaroopa Palit and Shri Bhagwan Mukati. Health of both the activists is deteriorating continuously and it is shocking and revealing that the district administration is not even monitoring their health regularly.
In the meanwhile affected people from the submergence area continue to pour in. Over six thousand affected people are squatting at the dharna site braving incessant rains. Many of them have fallen ill and have been admitted to hospital.
Demonstration of support:
Hundreds of Maheshwar dam affected people held a demonstration at the SDM office in Mandleshwar in support of the ongoing struggle of their compatriots affected by the Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar dams. They said that if the demands of the affected people are not accepted, their would be strong reaction in Narmada Valley.