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Victory to People's Power What We Asked What We Got : A Factsheet !

Victory to People's Power

What We Asked What We Got : A Factsheet !

Our Demands

Agreement With the Government

Demand for Investigation, Enquiry and Action

Stop all demolitions Immediately

Halt on demolitions till the enquiry by both the Constituted Committees are complete and action taken on the recommendation.

Constitute an Independent Enquiry Committee with our nominees to investigate SRA projects where conflict and protest has arisen between the people and authorities.

A Joint Committee constituted with Justice (Retd) H Suresh, Sudhakar Shuradkar (ex IPS), Simpreet Singh (GBGB) as Civil Society representatives and Swadhin Kshtriya and Shri S S Zende as Government representative to look in to 15 Societies and Slum projects where 3K projects are being including Shivalik Ventures Project in Golibar. Report to be submitted in four months.

Another Committee Constituted with Justice (Retd) H Suresh as Chairperson, Simpreet Singh as representative from civil society and Shri S Gavai and K P Bakshi from the Government Side to look in to the irregularities in the Ganesh Krupa Housing Society 3k Scheme. Report to be submittted by 15 June.

Revoke 3k clause and thus cancel the agreements between builders and SRA for the 6 projects where 3k has been applied, including Shivalik - a part of 2G spectrum scam.

Review SRA scheme itself and modify it to allow Self-development as a feasible option.

The Reports of the Committee to look in to 3K projects will come out with recommendations on the Status of 3 K Scheme and submit report to the Government.

Activation of the existing High Powered Committee, chaired by Chief Secretary, appointed by Honourable HC in 2005 meant for reviewing the policies & recommend, amend or suggest new policies to government of Maharashtra. This Committee was in response to a petition by GBGB-NAPM with four of our representatives on Committee. An interim report to be submitted in 3 months.

Implement Slum Act and declare unauthorised colonies as 'Slums' to carry on slum improvement with basic amenities.

Accepting the proposal for 19 plus other settlements and some more to be given in next few days to be declared as slums under the Maharashtra Slums Act, 1971 after due process within three months.

Implement Rajiv Aawas Yojna across the slums in Mumbai, which promises a house to everyone without one, irrespective of a cut off date through the model of self development.

A meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary to be convened along with NAPM members, Central Government officials and state officials on June 10 on the Rajeev Gandhi Awas Yojana implementation in Mumbai and recommendations for further action.

Policy Matters Requiring Long Term Action

After revoking Urban Land Ceiling Act, 30,000 Acres land should have become available, which can still be acquired by State Government and distributed amongst urban poor and middle class cooperative societies for housing.

2005 High Power Committee will look in to this issue.

No development plan should be without the free prior consent of the Basti Sabha. Bring amendments or a new legislation to incorporate this provision in the Nagar Raj Act.

2005 High Power Committee will look in to this issue.

Revoke all cut off dates in any existing policy or act for supply of water, right to water is a fundamental right of everyone, as of now the cut off date is year 1995.

2005 High Power Committee will look in to this issue.

Sanitation, electricity, and roads should be made available to all BPL families at a priority basis.

2005 High Power Committee will look in to this issue.

Have a meeting with the Secretary, Minister, Controller and the Right to Food State Adviser to implement the universal PDS with efficiency, and without corruption.

2005 High Power Committee will look in to this issue.

Press Release

Victory to People's Power. Government Accept Demands. Medha's Fast Ends

Government of Mahrashtra Agrees to 5 major demands of the Andolan &
Issues Government Resolution Regarding the Same.

Medha Patkar & Other Activists Break Fast with the Resolve to Further the Struggle for pro-poor Mumbai.

Zameen Haqq Satyagraha from October 2 in Mumbai

May 27, Mumbai : On the day 9th day of Medha Patkar's indefinite fast Shri Prithviraj Chavan, CM accepted the demands of the slum dwellers and issued two Government Resolutions and one order related to the five major demands. The demands that have been accepted include:

Decision regarding declaration of settlements as slum under section 4 of Maharashtra Slum Area Act and to be undertaken for improvement as per section 5.

A joint meeting involving representatives of Government of Maharashtra, Government of India & Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao to discuss implementation of Rajiv Awas Yojana in Mumbai.

Activation of the existing High Powered Committee, chaired by Chief Secretary, appointed by Honourable HC in 2005 meant for reviewing the policies & recommend or suggest new policies related to slum housing to government of Maharashtra.

A four member committee chaired by Justice (Retd) H Suresh and Simpreet Singh, Sh. Satish Gawai & K P Bakshi as members to investigate and make recommendations related to Ganesh Krupa, Golibar Society by 15th June to Government of Maharashtra.

A 5 member committee chaired by Justice (Retd) H Suresh and Sh Sudhakar Suradharkar (EX IPS Officer) Simpreet Singh, Sh. S S Zende & Swadhin Kshatriya as members to investigate into 15 SRA & 3K cases of fraud and forgery, including Shivalik Ventures Project, and submit a report by 30thSeptember to government of Maharashtra.

Medha Patkar broke her fast at 1:45 pm, by accepting lemon juice from Akanksha Bai, 80 year old Ganesh Krupa Housing Society Resident who was in jail for resisting demolition. She said, "it is a victory of the lakhs of people fighting for their right to live in the financial capital of India with dignity. The real fight is about the right over land of the poor who make this city what it is. Today the land is being given or grabbed by the builders and influential people like Mukesh Ambani who has built his 27 storey building on the land of Waqf Board. 33,000 Acre land which was either encroached or free, is nowavailable after Land Ceiling Act has been revoked. After 30th September when the work of these Committees would be over, we will launch Land Haqq Satyagraha in Mumbai to capture government land for the poor people of the city. Our CM Prithviraj Chauhan has a bigger battle ahead and against a powerful lobby, if he intends to fight it we are with him, or else we are on the path of struggle and justice and dignity for poor."

Syed Zuber fasting for the 5th day, said, "what we have achieved today here only shows that if people together come and fight then nothing seems impossible. When we met Chief Secretary three days ago and the way he talked to us further boosted our resolve that we have to take the fight to the finish."

Simpreet Singh said, "the decisions today is a result of the struggle GBGB has led on many fronts since 2005 and thousands of basti dwellers who have struggled hard to make this come true. The fight is against making this city of the working class, for the working class and by the working class and not of the builder, for the builder and by the builder. With Adarsh Housing Society we showed to the country the kind of nexus between politicians, builders and bureaucracy is going on in Mumbai. We have a long battle ahead to get the recommendations of these Committees implemented."

Anand Patwardhan, Sudhakar Suradkar, S Parsuraman, Daniel mazgaonkar, Sudhir Badami, Mayank Gandhi, Kamalakar Shenoy and many other people from different organisations and professional fields were present today at the site to be in solidarity.

Photographs, Government Order and Notification, Photographs and Press Release in Marathi can be downloaded from here @ www.napm-india.org

Prerna Gaekwad, Santosh Daundkar, Deven Nair, Simpreet Singh

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