(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 06, 2011
National Committee Formed in Support of Jaitapur Struggle
A NATIONAL Committee
constituted to support the struggle against the Jaitapur nuclear
The people of the
Jaitapur and the
surrounding areas in Ratnagiri district have been
struggling against the
setting up of the giant nuclear project which will have six
reactors bought from the French Areva company. This project has
farmers and uprooted lucrative mango orchards. The
livelihood of thousands
of fishermen is threatened. There is a serious threat to
the ecology and
environment of the region. The Areva EPR reactors
have not been
commissioned anywhere in the world, not even in
The popular protests in Ratnagiri district have been met with severe police repression and permanent restrictions on holding protests. False cases have been instituted against many activists.
To extend support to the people’s struggle in Jaitapur and to mobilise people’s support all over the country to demand a halt to the Jaitapur project, it was decided on October 23 to set up a National Committee in Solidarity with the Jaitapur Struggle. A 15-member committee has been constituted consisting of political leaders, members of parliament, eminent scientists and leading activists. The committee will organise a countrywide campaign against the Jaitapur nuclear project. The list of the members of the committee is given below. Some more persons will be added to the committee.
The National Committee’s members are Prakash Karat, general secretary of the CPI(M); A B Bardhan, general secretary of the CPI; Nama Nageswara Rao, leader of the Telugu Desam parliamentary party in Lok Sabha; Ramvilas Paswan, president, of the Lok Janshakti Party and MP (Rajya Sabha); Danish Ali national general secretary, Janata Dal (Secular); N D Patil, president, Peasants and Workers Party; Dr A Gopalkrishnan, former chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board; Sitaram Yechury, leader of the CPI(M) group in Rajya Sabha; Dr Sulabha Brahme, adhayksha, Konkan Bachao Samiti; D Raja, leader of the CPI group in Rajya Sabha; Bhai Vaidya, national president, Socialist Party (India); S P Shukla, former union finance secretary; Pravin Gavankar, president, Janhit Seva Samiti; Vivek Monteiro, secretary, Maharashtra state committee, CITU; and Prakash Reddy, secretary, Mumbai committee, CPI.