21 Green Nobel Prize Winner extend solidarity to the struggle of Narmada Bachao Andolan

21 Green Nobel Prize Winner extend solidarity to the struggle of Narmada Bachao Andolan and write letter to Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India....

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  • More than 50 International organisations extend solidarity, ask PM to intervene and stop drowning or forced evictions of more than 40000 families in Narmada Valley.
  • Earlier Noam Chomsky and more than 800 people from 30 countries extend support to the Narmada Bachao Andolan and ask PM to ensure rehabilitation of people affected from Sardar Sarovar Dam first.
  • 18 Members of Parliament write to PM to intervene immediately and ask Medha Patkar and 11 others of Narmada Valley to end their fast with assurance to fight for complete and just rehabilitation of people affected living in Narmada Valley. 
  • Many social activists, and eminent people from all over India write to PM and asked to send representatives immediately as the health of people sitting on fast deteriorating rapidly.

New Delhi | August 07, 2017: People and organisations from 30 countries have now extended support to ongoing struggle for justice in the Narmada valley. Since July 27th, 12 project affected people including a Medha Patkar are sitting on an indefinite fast demanding complete and just rehabilitation of more than 40000 families facing threat of submergence due to increased height of Sardar Sarovar Dam to 138.68 meters.

21 Goldman environmental prize winner also known as Green Nobel Prize in a collective letter urged Prime Minister Modi to intervene immediately and ensure the fundamental rights of life and livelihood of the people in a democratic country.

Earlier Noam Chomsky, a renowned social critic and philosopher, had extended his support and signed the online petition asking PM of India to rehabilitate the people of Narmada Valley first. The Petition has been signed by people of more than 30 countries from all over the world which also includes many social, environmental, human rights, farmers organisation and others. Some of the key groups include Asian Peasant Coalition, Association for India’s Development, Earth International, World Rainforest Movement, The Asian Human Rights Commission, Rivers Without Boundaries International Coalition, Landless Workers Movement - Brazil, International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs - Copenhagen, Denmark and many others.

The letter mentions that the government has closed down the gates of Sardar Sarovar Dam on  16 June 2017 without completing the rehabilitation of more than 40000 families in Narmada Valley. The rehabilitation sites are in poor state and lack the basic amenities that needs to be provided as per the Narmada water disputes Tribunal award.

Madhya Pradesh government is acting against the People's interest by taking selective interpretation of Supreme Court judgement came out on 8 February 2017 and continuously trying to forcefully evict people without ensuring the rehabilitation of more than 40000 families. In absence of basic facilities and house plots at rehabilitation sites, MP government has built tin shades for temporary resettlement. Government is trying to shift families residing in Narmada Valley to tin shades which is inappropriate and unable to accommodate a whole family, livestocks and tools being used by people. No judgment have ever talked about providing temporary settlement. 

The MP Government, Gujarat government, and Government of India does not seem serious at all to ensure the rights of people and rehabilitation of thousands of families residing in the Narmada Valley. Till now, The Government has not initiated any communication with the people sitting on fast for the issues of incomplete rehabilitation although the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan showed his concerns about the health of the people sitting on fast on Twitter along with Uma Bharti, the cabinet minister of Ministry of Water Resources.

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