People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 16, 2006
Ministerial Report On Narmada'
All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has demanded that the report of
the ministerial team led by the union water resources minister Saifuddin Soz to
the Narmada valley on April 7 to assess the rehabilitation measures for families
displaced by the Sardar Sarovar Project should be made public immediately.
a statement issued on April 13, 2006, the AIDWA president and general secretary
extended support to the struggle that has been launched by the affected persons
and expressed solidarity with Medha Patkarís hunger strike and the dharna by
the Narmada Bachao Andolan at the Jantar Mantar going on for the past 15 days
decision to review the order of the Narmada Control Authority on heightening the
dam has to carry forward the Supreme Court directive for full resettlement and
rehabilitation of the dam oustees in all respects. This should include land for
land compensation and provision of other basic facilities to help the displaced
families to reestablish themselves. Considering the large number of villages
that would get submerged, and the thousands of families who would be left
homeless and destitute, it is extremely irresponsible to proceed with
heightening the dam without ensuring that the villagers are properly resettled.
The flouting of the Supreme Court orders in this regard amounts to an
illegality, and cannot be condoned", stated the AIDWA. It re-iterated the
demand that immediate priority should be given to the relief and rehabilitation
measures that are to be undertaken, and until that is done satisfactorily,
construction on the dam should be stopped.