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Delhi, India: Call for Week of National Action against Land Acquisition Act and Forced Displacement

Sansad Gherao ! Delhi Chalo !

A Week of National Action (Sangharsh) Against Land Acquisition (Act) & Displacement For Right to Life & Livelihood

November 22 – 26, 2010, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Dear Friends/Comrades,

Many of you participated in the National Consultation on the proposed Land Acquisition (Amendment) and Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill that was held on 23rd September 2010 at the Indian Social Institute in New Delhi. The consultation was attended by several peoples’ movements, mass organisations, Trade unions, advocacy groups and members from research and academic community.

The consultation was unanimous in its demand:

- for the repeal of the current colonial Land Acquisition Act and complete rejection of the proposed Land Acquisition (Amendment) and Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bills in their current form

- to enact a comprehensive National Development, No Enforced Displacement and Rehabilitation Bill instead of two separate legislations

- for a moratorium on all acquisitions until the process for a new comprehensive legislation is complete

- that a white paper on all the Land acquired since independence and its current status and the situation of the displaced be presented before the people of India

Demonstration against proposed Tata Steel plant in the Kalinganagar industrial area. In 2006, Orissa police killed 12 adivasis protesting the beginning of construction of the Tata plant. Since then, they have stopped any further construction.

The consultation emphasised the need to take a comprehensive look at the land acquisitions and ensuing displacement happening in the country and the co-relation between the Land Acquisition Act, Rehabilitation Bill, Forest Rights Act, SEZ Act, EIA Notification, CRZ Notifications, Water Policy, Mine and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, various Forest Laws and a host of other legislations which are facilitating the land acquisitions for various infrastructure projects ranging from transport, communication, defence, power, irrigation, tourism, consumer goods etc. All these together have threatened the right to livelihood of the millions of the people dependent on the land, water, forests and minerals.

It was also decided that during the Winter Session of the Parliament a national week of Action in Delhi and elsewhere in the country will be held by various movements and struggle groups with the key demands as mentioned above.

It is in this context that we invite you all to join us in Delhi at Jantar Mantar from November 22 – 26th to resist forced displacement and land acquisitions across the country and demand for a comprehensive legislation on development planning.

The dharna is being joined by the groups whose control over land entitlements ensured by the Forest Rights Act will be threatened by these two legislations are also joining the dharna and so are the fish workers living on the coast and adivasis threatened by mining and peasants and agricultural workers threatened by SEZs and infrastructure projects.

The labouring poor from the cities who face eviction from their dwellings and their livelihood threatened by various developmental activities too will join the dharna and so are the peasants whose land is constantly being taken by the urban development authorities in metros.

Other than the general focus on Land Acquisition Act repeal, the key theme based dedicated days will focus on: Dams (especially in North East India, Orissa, Himachal and Central India), Thermal Power projects, SEZs, Mining Projects, Urban displacement, forest rights and community governance, struggles against Corporations (POSCO, Tata, Coca Cola, Vedanta, Mittal, Reliance, Jindal, etc)

We do hope you will be able to join us on these days. Do send in your confirmations for the same and also support our efforts in whatever ways you can. We are looking for volunteers for various things and also resources for meeting the expenses of the programme. For details do get in touch.


In solidarity,

Medha Patkar – NBA & NAPM

Ashok Choudhary, Munnilal – NFFPFW

Shanta, Roma – NFFPFW-Kaimur & NAPM-UP

Mata Dayal, Birsa Munda Bhu Adhikar Manch & NFFPFW-MP

Akhil Gogoi, KMSS, Assam

Guman Singh, Him Niti Abhiyan, Himachal Pradesh

Gabriela Dietrich, Pennuruimai Iyyakam & NAPM-Tamil Nadu

Gautam Bandopadhyay, Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chhattisgarh

Simpreet Singh, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan & NAPM-Mumbai

Prafulla Samantara, NAPM Orissa

Dayamani Barla – Adivasi Moolniwasi Asthitva Raksha Manch, Jharkhand

Ulka Mahajan, Suniti S R, Prasad Bhagwe – SEZ Virodhi Manch & NAPM-Maharashtra

Bhupendra Singh Rawat, Rajendra Ravi – Jan Sangharsh Vahini & NAPM-Delhi

Arundhati Dhuru, NAPM – UP

Sunilam, Braj Kishore Chaurasia, Adv. Aradhna Bhargava – NAPM-MP

Vimalbhai, Matu jan Sangathan & NAPM-Uttarakhand

Delhi Contact: 6/6, Jangpura B, New Delhi – 110014; Mob: 9818905316/ 9582862682

Ph: 011- 26680883/26680914; Email: napmindia@napm-india.org

From Sanhati  http://sanhati.com/