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Urgent Appeal 17 July 2007

Urgent Appeal
14 July 2007

Dear friends/comrades,

The land occupation action near Badwani (M.P.), about which you have already been updated, has exposed a very serious situation with regard to rehabilitation of SSP affected families in Madhya Pradesh. Government does not have sufficient cultivable lands for allotment to Project Affected Families (PAFs). Hence they have been resorting to the illegal cash compensation.

Now, M.P. government may resort to forcefully evict the people from the occupied lands and then continue to play the deceptive game, violating the legal rights of the affected families. The new action has drawn much attention of the common people to this 'land-base' created.

If this conveys to you a major step ahead, DO WRITE to

Sonia Gandhi - "Save adivasis, save land and river",

Saif-ud-din Soz - "Save people, by not raising dam height, send NCA team for investigation and dialogue”.

To NCA, Mr. Afroz Ahmed, Director (Rehabilitation) – “hold dialogue with the agitators; compel the state government to ensure that people get their due land and every other right.

Also to Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister of India and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister. (Contacts given below)

DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO SUPPORT THE STRUGGLE, AT THE EARLIEST, INCLUDING SENDING VOLUNTEERS.

Regards,

Medha Patkar Ashish Mandloi Kailash Awasya Khajan Bhai

SAMPLE LETTER BELOW:

Dear,

The situation in the Narmada valley demands your urgent attention. The people affected by the Sardar Sarovar dam have been agitating for the last 22 years, demanding land-based rehabilitation, which is their legal right.

When thousands of hectares of lands are acquired and given for SEZs and other Mega Projects, why there are no cultivable lands to allot to the people displaced by Sardar Sarovar dam, especially in Madhya Pradesh?

I urge you to take a pro-active step and ensure land-based rehabilitation to the SSP affected families. There should be thorough investigation of facts with people’s participation and democratic dialogue with agitators, instead of use of force.

No more destructive submergence in the valley during this monsoon. Permission should not be given to raise the gates of the SSP until all families affected at 122 meters of the dam height are declared and resettled as per the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal (NWDT) award and Supreme Court orders.

To
Ms. Sonia Gandhi
The Chairperson, Indian National Congress
Fax: 011 23018651
Email: 10janpath@vsnl.net, soniagandhi@sansad.nic.in

To
Shri Saif-ud-din Soz
Water Resources Minister
Fax: 91-11-23714200, 11-23714663, 11-23711780 (off), 11-23782032 11-23782034 (res)
E-Mail: ssaif@sansad.nic.in, minister-mowr@nic.in

DR. AFROZ AHMED
Director (I.A.& R.)
Ph: 0731-2558603, Fax: 0731-2554333
dir.rehab.nca@nic.in

To,
Shri Shivraj Singh Chowhan
The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
Fax: +91-755-2540501; +91-755-2551781
Email:cm@mpchiefminister.com,cm@mp.nic.in

To,
Shri Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister of India
Fax: 011 23019817, 23016996 ®
E-Mail pmosb@pmo.nic.in, http://pmindia.nic.in/write.htm

To,
Ms Meira Kumar
Minister of Social Justice& Empowerment
Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001 (India)
Ph: 011- 2338 1001, 2338 1390
E-mail: min-sje@sb.nic.in

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Pervin - 09820636335
Suniti S.R. - 020-24251404
Philip - 09446573795
Delhi Forum - 011-26680883