| NBA Press Release
|| 23 September 2001
INDEFINTE FAST BY MEDHA PATKAR AND OTHERS ON 7TH DAY: 3 HOSPITALISED
NARMADA BACHAO ANDOLAN
B-13, Shivam Flats
62, Mahatma Gandhi Road,
Madhya Pradesh - 451551
As the indefinite fast by Medha Patkar and her colleagues of Narmada Bachao Andolan entered in seventh day on Sunday (September 23) the Maharashtra police has forcibly removed three activists on the fast to the hospital in view of their precarious and deteriorating condition. They are, Tejla Valvi, Sai Singh and Dakla Singh, Medha Patkar and four colleagues are continuing the fast and have declared their resolve not to relent unless the state Government takes some concrete steps regarding the conferring of the land rights and accepting the Jst.Daud Committee Report regarding the displacement and resettlement in Maharashtra due to Sardar Sarovar Project. Two more Ganabhau Vasave and Gulab Tadvi have joined the fast in place of the ones who were shifted to the hospital. Ashish Mandloi, who is observing solidarity fast since last 17th, has also entered the seventh day of indefinite fast.
The Secretary of Rehabilitation Ministry of Maharashtra Government Mr.Bhargav visited the dharna place in Mumbai in the 22nd night but could not give any satisfactory answer to the questions by the people and the activists. The governments apathy towards the serious questions about displacement was manifest from the fact that the Government didnot act on the land rights issue even after the specific directions in the meeting with NBA. The Chief Minister and the Rehabilitation Minister have agreed in that meeting the officials have provided incorrect information about the rehabilitation of Maharashtra oustees.
Meanwhile the state Minister for Rehabilitation is to meet the NBA representatives about Daud Committee report on Monday (24th Sept) noon. The people and activists are resolved to intensify the agitation if Government fails to respond properly.Sanjay Sangvai