DMIC – Plan or Propaganda?

An emergent genre of urban porn, urban music video or urban trailer now promotes the global city building epidemic. In the typical template for these videos, a zoom from outer space drops through clouds to reveal the location of a new world city. The stirring music of an epic adventure or western accompanies a swoop through shimmering cartoon skylines, resorts, suburbs and sun flares. A deep movie-trailer voice repeats all the mantras of free trade and incentivized urbanism to which foreign investment has become addicted—no taxes, no bureaucracy, streamlined customs, and deregulation of labor or environment law. This new free zone paradigm, often no longer the fenced in warehousing compound of just 30 or 40 years ago, nevertheless harbors grisly, stabilized forms of labor abuse, and it still fails to return optimal economic results. But egged on by global consultancies, the zone is now bathed in redemptive rhetoric and treated as the necessary signal for entry into a global marketplace.

– Keller Easterling : Zone

Dedicated Freight Corridor to cut through protected sanctuaries

Gujarat has only 293 sloth bears left, mostly in Jessore and Balaram Sanctuaries.

The National Board for Wildlife recently cleared the proposal of laying double railway tracks in the Dedicated Freight Corridor passing through Balaram Sanctuary situated along the Aravali Hill series, in northern Gujarat, along the Gujarat-Rajasthan Border. The Sanctuary is known for its bear and leopard populations.

The Board has not fixed the pre-condition of erecting fences along the tracks to prevent loss of wildlife. 8 lions were killed last year in Rajula and Jafrabad by speeding trains.

The mega-corridor projects will linger dangerously close to many prominent sanctuaries like the Velavadar Black Buck Park near Dholera. In Madhya Pradesh Ken, Betwa and Vindhyas will come under direct or indirect impact.

With the MoEF and Wildlife Board now directly representing corporate animals, the mega-projects will one ensure that only humans are left to enjoy this planet (that too, only some privileged humans). Its shameful that instead of acting as a ‘check’ and monitoring, Mr, Javadekar can only boast of clearances.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Bear-safety-on-wrong-track/articleshow/46035984.cms

Open Letter by NGOs / CBOs, and people’s movements’ to CEOs attending the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor Summit (VGGIS) 2015

To,
CEOs at the VGGIS 2015
Mahatma Mandir,
Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Re.: Spare rural livelihoods, follow the ethical path
We, the undersigned, are representatives (but not political representatives) of the rural, agricultural, landless, farming, fishing and the marginalized communities reeling under the onslaught of relentless industrialization.
The Government of Gujarat’s (GOG) blind race towards mindless industrialization, because of crony capitalism has endangered traditional livelihoods and rendered these people unemployed and unemployable.
These skilled and semi-skilled people in traditional occupations, considered as unskilled or semi-skilled by the present model of development, are not absorbed in new industries envisaged by the GoG and is blatantly taking the poor for a ride and misleading the people about the fraudulent “Gujarat model of development”.
Having lost their water, land and coasts (for fishing) these poor people are left bereft of any sustainable rehabilitative support save the one-time compensation for land lost (very meagre and often belated). Before signing MoUs with the GoG, please do ensure that you meet and interact seriously with the impacted people/communities. Hundreds of NGOs representing several million members of civil society are already opposing extremely strongly the MOUs/Agreements signed which not only affect their livelihoods but also their sense of dignity which we are sure you would not wish to happen. Hundreds of people’s movements are ongoing and more may be launched across the country to oppose the fake promises made by Shri Narendra Modi and his Government.
The resources (land, water, coasts) that are proposed to be sacrificed by the Government are part of a well thought out crony capitalist ideology which the people of India oppose tooth and nail. All these realities are being hidden from you by the Government of Gujarat and the Government of India.
Back in your home in the various countries that hail from, ethical and fair business norms are practiced, which are openly flouted here by our Government. We therefore request you to not to enter into any agreements however profitable they may appear to you, without interacting with the undersigned NGOs and various social organisations and people’s movements as well as interact with the affected people in order to make yourselves fully aware of the injustice that is being done to them before risking your capital at grand events meant to delude you. At the earlier Vibrant Gujarat events too several MOUs were signed but very few have been executed due to resistance from the dispossessed and poor people of Gujarat who are backed solidly by many NGOs/people’s movements.
Should you wish, we would be happy to send to you some examples of the unfair and unjust economic policies that Shri Narendra Modi has attempted to execute in the state as the Chief Minister but failed to do so because of massive resistance of the people.
We shall be glad to answer any questions regarding the above you may have in order for you to make a fair assessment of the situation yourselves.
 
1.        Sanat Mehta, President, Khedut Samaj-Gujarat
2.        Sagar Rabari, Secretary, Khedut Samaj – Gujarat, Ahmedabad
3.        Persis Ginwalla, Jameen Adhikar Aandolan Gujarat (JAAG), Ahmedabad
4.        Indukumar Jani, Editor, Naya Marg, Ahmedabad
5.        Rohit Prajapati, Activist, Vadodara
6.        Trupti Shah, Activist, Vadodara
7.        Lakhan Musafir, Sittar Gam Adivasi Sangathan
8.        Dr. Jimmy C. Dabhi, Research Director, HDRC, Ahmedabad
9.        Fr. Cedric Prakash, SJ, Director, Prashant, Ahmedabad
10.      Mahesh Pandya, Paryavaran Mitra, Ahmedabad
11.      Neeta Pandya, MARAG, Ahmedabad
12.      Dinesh Rabari, MARAG, Ahmedabad
13.      Dr. Saroop Dhruv, INSAF, Ahmedabad
14.      Hiren Gandhi, Darshan, Ahmedabad
15.      Rajnibhai Dave, President, Gujarat Sarvodaya Mandal, Ahmedabad
16.      Gautam Thaker, General Secretary, PUCL Gujarat
17.      Priti Oza, Prayas Centre for Labour Research and Action, Ahmedabad
18.      Sudhir Katiyar, Prayas Centre for Labour Research and Action, Ahmedabad
19.      Anand Mazgaonkar, Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, Vadodara
20.      Swati Desai, Bhoomiputra, Vadodara
21.      Micheal Mazgaonkar, Mozda Parivar
22.      Prasad Chacko, Director, Human Development and Research Centre, Ahmedabad
23.      Jhanvi Andharia, Ahmedabad
24.      Anuradha Pati, Development Professional (Rural Livelihoods)
25.      Rajiv Shah, Ahmedabad
26.      M.S.H. Sheikh, President, Brackish Water Research Centre, Olpad, Gujarat
27.      Dr. Sunetra Deshpande, Director, Vox Populi, Ahmedabad
28.      Ashok Parmar, Prayas Centre for Labour Research and Action, Ahmedabad
29.      Ramesh Shrivastava, Prayas Centre for Labour Research and Action, Ahmedabad
30.      Harsukh Kathad, Prayas Centre for Labour Research and Action, Ahmedabad
31.      Denis Macwan, Prayas Centre for Labour Research and Action, Ahmedabad
32.      Mina Jadav, Prayas Centre for Labour Research and Action, Ahmedabad
33.      Prakash N. Shah, Editor, Nirikshak, Ahmedabad
34.      Ulka Mahajan, Sarvahara Jan Andolan
35.      Krishnakant, Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, Vadodara
36.      Rajendra Ravi
37.      Vijay Diwan, Aurangabad
38.      Satyam Shrivastava, SRUTI, New Delhi
39.      Hasmukh Patel
40.      Deepti Raju, Jeevantirth, Gandhinagar
41.      Jayesh Patel, Khedut Samaj (Gujarat)
42.      Paulomee Mistry, DISHA, Ahmedabad
43.      Vipul Pandya, Bandhkaam Majdoor Sangathan, Ahmedabad
44.      Pankti Jog, Ahmedabad
45.      Harinesh Pandya, Ahmedabad
46.      Badribhai Joshi, Gram Seva Mandal, Tancha
47.      Rameshbhai Patel, Vice President, Khedut Samaj (Gujarat)
48.      Pradyumansinh Chudasma, Bhal Bachao Samiti
49.      Ramdevsinh Chudasma, Bhal Bachao Samiti
50.      Naranbhai Chauhan, Bhal Bachao Samiti
51.      Bhavubhai, Sandhida, Bhal Bachao Samiti
52.      Shivlal Vekaria, Saurashtra Khedut Sangharsh Samiti.
53.      Dahyabhai, Saurashtra Khedut Sangharsh Samiti.
54.      Chandubhai, Saurashtra Khedut Sangharsh Samiti.
55.      Pinak Dhamadia, Khedut Samaj (Gujarat)
56.      Sailesh Raval, Azad Vikas Yuva Sangathan
57.      Dashrath Desai, Maldhari Sangathan
58.      Bharatsinh Jhala, CRANTI, Ahmedabad
59.      Bhavubhai Thakor, Azad Vikas Sangathan
60.      Nipuj Patel, President, Bharuch Jilla Khedut Samaj
61.      Natubhai Nayak, President, Navsari Jilla Khedut Samaj
62.      Dilip Jhala, Mahabal Gauchar Bachao Samiti, Vadodara Zala
63.      K. K. Gohel, Mahuva.
64.      Hamirbhai Shiyal, Kheti Paryavaran Bandhara Bachao Samiti, Mahuva.
65.      Shaktisinh Gohil, Bhavnagar Jilla Gram Bachao Samiti
66.      Damayantiben Modi, Anu Abhyas Juth, Bhavnagar.
67.      Abha Tandel, Kinara Bachao Samiti, Umargaon
68.      Vimlaben Kharadi, Himmatnagar
69.      Sonal Mehta, Eklavya Foundation, Ahmedabad
70.      Ashim Roy, National Trade Union Initiative, New Delhi
71.      Advaita Marathe, Ahmedabad
72.      Sanjeev Kumar, Delhi Forum, New Delhi
73.      Subhash Lomte, Convenor, National Campaign Committee for Rural Workers, NCCRW
74.      Vijay Diwan, Aurangabad Social Forum, Nisarg Mitra Mandal
75.      Soumya Dutta, Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha
76.      Balendra Vaghela, Saurashtra Kutchchh Lokhit Sangharsh Samiti
77.      Shilpa Vasavada, Ahmedabad
78.      Sushila Prajapati, Ahmedabad
79.      Neha Shah, Ahmedabad
80.      Johanna Lokhande, Ahmedabad
81.      Vijay Parmar, Ahmedabad
82.      Rasikbhai Joshi, Dwarka Jilla Khedut Samaj.
83.      Jaskarnbhai Chaudhari, Mahesana Jilla Khedut Samaj.
84.      Shrenik Shah, Bhavnagar.
85.      Mahendrasinh, Bharuch Jilla Khedut Samaj.
86.      Jignesh Mewani, Jan Sangharsh Manch.
87.      Akshay Kankaiya, Nature and Human Care Society, Rajgidh Prakruti Mandal, Mahuva
88.      Dhirubhai Dobariya, Rajkot.
89.      Dinesh Sanghavi, Kutch
90.      Bharat Patel, Machhimar Adhikar Sanghathan, Bhadreshwar, Kutchh.
91.      Virajibhai Patel, Bhavnagar Jilla Khedut Samaj.
92.      Vipin Patel, Khedut Samaj Gujarat.
93.      Amrish Patel, Jan Sangharsh Manch, Ahmedabad
94.      Umesh Solanki, Editor, Nirdhar, Ahmedabad
95.      Vijay Bharatiya, Ahmedabad
96.      Bhagubhai Patel, Bardoli
97.      Ranjitbhai Desai, Navsari
98.      Kamlesh Patel, Rajkot Jilla Khedut Samaj
99.      Shantubhai Patel, Farmer leader, Surat
100.    Sureshbhai P. Makwana, Khedut Hit Rakshak Samiti, Junagadh
101.    Karabhai A. Jhala, Khedut Hit Rakshak Samiti, Junagadh
102. Tushar Pancholi, Paryavaran Vikas Kendra, Rajkot

Press Release : Maharashtra Government is Misleading Public on MIDC and LARR Act 2013

  • Maharashtra Government Statement is Misleading While Advocating Exemption from LARR Act, 2013

  • CAG Performance Audits of SEZs Imply Large Scale Land Grab for Profit by Corporations, Land Ordinance will Continue this Legacy

  • Eminent Citizens Write to President Requesting Him to Rescind Anti People Land Ordinance

  • Resistance to Continue, Protests During the Budget Session

New Delhi, January 7 : Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis has demanded that Maharashtra Industrial Development Act (MIDC) be exempted from the applications of the provisions of the the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (LAAR) Act, 2013 as reported in the newspapers today. The reasons cited are not only misleading but also far from the truth on many count. One of the key factors have been mentioned as the land required for the implementation of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor and that MIDC Act provides better compensation and R&R to farmers and PAPs and mostly through consent.

We would like to point out that Maharashtra Government is misleading the public on the following points :

1. Compulsory Acquisition under MIDC Act : Section 32 of the MIDC Act mandates that whenever government needs land for furtherance of the objectives of this Act or for the purpose of development then a notification shall be issued and before that a show cause notice will be issued to the farmers, why their land should not be acquired. Does this sound like seeking consent ? It needs to be noticed that 9715 families of 69 villages in Maangaon, Roha and Tala Talukas have received notifications for acquisition of a total of 24,207 acres of land for Dighi Industrial Area as part of DMIC corridor under MIDC Act. Armers have been protesting there and State government from time to time have been saying that they will exempt these villages from Dighi industrial area but no de-notification notice has been issued yet.

2. Compensation, R&R to Farmers and PAPs : MIDC Act has no provision for the R&R to PAPs and compensates only the land owners. MIDC refers to the definition of the land and affected persons in 1894 Act, which was very limited and didn’t include livelihood losers when land was acquired for the development projects.

3. Lack of Land for Projects : There is no shortage of available land in the State. Maharashtra government has no record of percentage land utilised and unutilised with MIDC, even though in the past fifty years it has acquired more than 13 lakh acres of land. The provision of MIDC Act is more draconian than Land Acquisition Act, 1894, which leaves little scope for the consent of the affected population. Maharashtra government by its own admission has a land bank of 80,000 Hectares with it.

In Aurangabad and nearby areas there too a large chunk of land under the threat of acquisition for DMIC. However, in 2000 the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) had acquired 902 hectares of land, but to what purpose. Those affected by the ‘Jaikwadi’ dam as well as Paithan MIDC have neither been allotted land in the Command area nor have they received employment inspite of repeated assurances. Only 50% of the factories in the MIDC phase-I are operational and apparently they await for the right time to sell those lands for real estate. The government is keen on acquiring 10,000 hectares of land belonging to 24 villages to develop the Shendre – Bidkin Industrial Zone under MIDC. City and Industrial Development Corporation or CIDCO has already made plans to acquire 15,000 hectares of land belonging to 28 villages.

4. Farmers Suicide in Maharashtra : It would do good, if Mr. Fadnavis showed some concerns for the farmers in his home state. With a land bank of 80,000 Hectares, he is only feeding to the profit hungry Corporations but doing nothing for the farmers, and already Project Affected Persons due to various irrigation projects like Waang Marathwadi, Jaikwadi, or Lavasa Hill City project or other development projects and SEZs. It nees to be mentioned that at least 3,146 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra in 2013 as per the National Crime Record Bureau. Since, 1995, nearly 60,750 have committed suicide and on an average, 3,685 farmers in the state took their lives every year between 2004 to 2013. What has Mr. Fadnavis done for them ?

CAG Audit Report on SEZs Exposes the Corporate Land Grab and False Claims of the Government on Employment Generation and Development

False Claims of Employment Generation and Development : The claims of the development and employment generation are exposed not only for the Maharashtra government but for also the Union government, as pointed out in the CAG report on the performance of the SEZs. CAG has said that land grab was the only motive behind the SEZs development and Corporates were given favour in the name of development. Out of 45635.63 ha of land notified in the country for SEZ purposes, operations commenced in only 28488.49 ha (62.42 %) of land. In addition, we noted a trend wherein developers approached the government for allotment/purchase of vast areas of land in the name of SEZ. In terms of area of land, out of 39245.56 ha of land notified in the six States 3,5402.22ha (14%) of land was denotified and diverted for commercial purposes in several cases. Many tracts of these lands were acquired invoking the ‘public purpose’ clause. Thus land acquired was not serving the objectives of the SEZ Act.

In four States (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and West Bengal), 11 developers/units had raised 6309.53 crore of loan through mortgaging SEZ lands. Out of which, three developers/units had utilized the loan amount (2211.48 crore i.e. 35 per cent of 6309.53 crore) for the purposes other than the development of SEZ, as there was no economic activity in the SEZs concerned.

CAG further notes that on various other counts SEZs failed to achieve their stated objectives. Of 152 SEZs analysed, there was a deficit of 65.95% to 96.58% in employment generation, for investment 23.98% to 74.92 %, for export 46.16 to 93.81%.

The CAG report only confirms what we have been saying about the Union government continued push in facilitating land grab by the corporations for large scale profit and nothing else. As per the available data from the Union Budget, 5.32 Lakh Crore (roughly three times the supposed loss in 2G scam), of corporate tax was forgone. What is the Union government doing for the farmers ?

Eminent Citizens write to President, Prime Minister, Vice President and Speaker, Lok Sabha

17 eminent citizens led by Justice (Retd) Rajinder Sachar, Harsh Mander, Aruna Roy, V Mohini Giri, Shanti Bhushan Vandana Shiva and others wrote to the President with Copy to PM, Vice President, Speaker Lok Sabh and urged that “.. as the custodians of our Constitution of India, we urgently appeal to you to rethink and reject these Ordinances, and advise the government to table the contemplated amendments to LAA 2013 in the forthcoming session of Parliament, so that people’s representatives will be able to democratically discuss the issues involved.”

They further added that the LARR 2013 was a progressive legislation which, without being against industries and projects, from public to private, gave farmers and land-losers a measure of control over their lives. It took cognizance of the fact that time has come to protect prime agricultural land and minimise displacement. The British legacy had to be left behind. The current Ordinance negates or dilutes what has been achieved by years of sustained efforts by people and initiative by pro-people politicians to get LARR 2013 enacted.

Resistance to Continue, Protests During the Budget Session

We reiterate that the people’s movements would not allow this corporate design of the government to succeed and any bid to forcibly acquire land will face stiff resistance across the country. We will challenge every move of the government to hand over precious resources to the Corporate Houses in the name of “Make in India” initiative. This initiative is solely aimed at naked loot and promoting Crony Capitalism in the country. Our affiliate members in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and other states have already lodged their protest rejecting the ordinance. We will continue to expose the government and Corporate loot and mobilise all progressive forces along with the people’s movements during the Budget Session.

Medha Patkar – Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM); Prafulla Samantara – Lok Shakti Abhiyan & Lingraj Azad – Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, NAPM, Odisha; Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava – Kisan Sangharsh Samiti & Meera – Narmada Bachao Andolan, NAPM, MP; Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, Prasad Bagwe – NAPM, Maharashtra; Gabriel Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan – Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, TN; C R Neelkandan – NAPM Kerala; P Chennaiah & Ramakrishnan Raju – NAPM Andhra Pradesh, Arundhati Dhuru, Richa Singh – NAPM, UP; Sister Celia – Domestic Workers Union & Rukmini V P, Garment Labour Union, NAPM, Karnataka; Vimal Bhai – Matu Jan sangathan & Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand; Anand Mazgaonkar, Krishnakant – Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat; Kamayani Swami, Ashish Ranjan – Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan & Mahendra Yadav – Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar; Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, NAPM Haryana; Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan; Amitava Mitra & Sujato Bhadra, NAPM West Bengal; B S Rawat – Jan Sangharsh Vahini & Rajendra Ravi, Madhuresh Kumar and Kanika Sharma – NAPM, Delhi

 For details contact : Madhuresh Kumar 9818905316 | email : napmindia@gmail.com

TREACHEROUS MEDIA, DANGEROUS CLAIMS, DEADLY LIES

‘Industrial corridor to change Malwa’s fate’
TNN | Oct 11, 2014, 10.07AM IST
INDORE : Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) passing through Madhya Pradesh is bound to change face of arid Malwa region.

Passing through Madhya Pradesh, the corridor would envelope Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow areas converting the region into industrial hub of central India. “With realization of industrial corridor, the country would have the first largest industrial chunk of corridor in form of Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow,” said Union minister of state for commerce (independent charge) Nirmala Sitharaman, who was in Indore to attend valedictory function of Global Investors Summit (GIS), here. The neighbouring temple town of Indore, a major pilgrimage centre of Hindus due to Mahakal temple is on the radar of the Union government, which has proposed upgradation plan for Vikrampur Udyog in Ujjain industrial area.

“These are major focus areas of the Union government,” Sitharaman said, adding the Union government has included industrial areas of Sithapur and Morena to prevent any lopsided development of the state. “Sithapur and Morena would be developed with help of world class infrastructure,” the minister added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/indore/Industrial-corridor-to-change-Malwas-fate/articleshow/44780573.cms

The Times of India clearly says arid Malwa region. Not fit for agriculture and hence need for industrial expansion. Win-Win!
Now look at an independent study for Malwa.

The Malwa plateau region in the north of Madhya Pradesh borders the state of Rajasthan. The northern region has vast plains of high lands, which are very fertile. But in between there are hills and slopes, which are not suitable for settled, advanced agriculture. The Malwa plateau region has rich fertile lands over-used with excessive application of pesticides, chemical fertilizers and wrong agricultural practices (including excessive irrigation). The landowner community of Patidars or Patels owns these lands. The scheduled castes and scheduled tribes generally inhabit the slopes and hills, which are less productive. These economically weaker and agriculturally backward communities till their own small and marginal lands, and provide cheap labour to the neighbouring landed community.
The improper utilization of the land resources (in Malwa region) has created ecological imbalance. There is hardly any forests left in the region, rather trees are scanty. The upland Malwa region form part of Vindhya and trap zone, which consist of hard rock. Ground water scarcity has already occurred in the whole Malwa region. The annual ground water development is estimated between 35 and 50 percent. Any increase in large-scale ground water based irrigation is not, therefore, recommended in the area. Water conservation in the nallahs in the uplands in the shape of ponds, tanks, and water harvesting from stop dams on rivers is the alternatives. It is again necessary to increase the productive capacity of the small farms on sloppy lands through application of large-scale field-bunding. The traditional occupations of the landless habitants have also been threatened by the onslaught of dying arts/occupations.

The region is characterised by the absence of a strong people’s organization/civil society/NGO movement in the region.

– The Centre for Advanced Research & Development (CARD)  http://www.cardindia.net/malwa_mp.asp

Isn’t it a classic case of imperialism over tribes, communities who inhabit these lands? Isn’t the plan to make them subservient cheap labour for these industries that belong to the rich, greedy to become richer?

Isn’t it a case of blatant lies, forced propaganda, misdirecting public opinion and giving a growing generation wrong lessons on geography of their whole land? Who will indict this newspaper, this journalist for knowingly subverting the history of a nation in the eyes of those who believe that they are reading the truth every morning with a cup of tea?

Politics of Water in Peethampur

“The collector ordered to secure water of Sanjay pond only as drinking water with help of police.”

— A really disturbing statement by Dhar district collector Jayshree Kiyawat in a meeting with local industrialists and officers of the Peethampur Industrial Area, in Madhya Pradesh, a part of the DMIC.

AKNV (Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam) officers informed that during the Global Industrial Meet held in year 2012 total 54 MOUs worth from Rs one crore to Rs 25 crore were signed and 11 MOUs, worth more than Rs 25 crores were signed for Peethampur industrial area. Peethampur Industrial area hosts 68 medium and large level industries and around 1500 micro and small class units.

Narmada-Kshipra link project was also discussed in the meeting. Narmada is near Dhar, and Khsipra flows through Ujjain. Both these areas are part of the larger DMIC.

According to a report, seers are questioning the spiritual inclination of BJP while they claim loyalty to Hindutva.

Mahamandaleshwar Namdeodas, popularly known as Computer Baba, said, “The BJP, which claims to be the protector of Hindu faith, has committed a grave sin by linking the virgin Narmada with a married Kshipra – against tenets of the scriptures.”
At Ujjaini, the seers took a vow not to take part in 2016 Simshastha – which is held every 12 years on the banks of Kshipra at Ujjain. They say that with the Narmada water gushing into Kshipra river and reaching Ujjain, some 100 km from the place of confluence, there was no point in taking the dip.

The project involves pumping of around 5000 litres of Narmada water per second from a small Sisalia tank through 47 km long pipeline involving four stage pumping and releasing in the bed of dry Kshipra River.

Some contend that this project can neither be called river-linking, nor is it the first river-linking project of India as claimed by Madhya Pradesh government just ahead of polls.
According to official tall claims, the project is meant to provide drinking water to Dewas and Ujjain cities, over 250 villages along Kshipra river, supply water to Ujjain, Dewas and Peethampur and also recharge groundwater!

On the other hand, agreements have already been signed with Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor for providing 90 MLD (or 25% of the 362 MLD water to be pumped in this scheme) water from this project to Peethampur industrial area in Malwa at the rate of Rs 26 per KL.

Another controversy is the cost of the project. According to the administrative approval for the project dated Oct 19, 2012, the cost of the project will be taken from Omkareshwar Project Unit II (Canals).
There has been no social or environmental impact assessment for this project at any stage. The project also escaped need for environmental clearance using the loophole (which has been questioned for years now) that drinking water projects do not need environmental clearances and hence environmental or social impact assessment or management plans or monitoring or public consultations.

*The mash-up prepared from the following reports,

 

  1. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/unhappy-over-river-narmada-kshipra-linking-seers-plan-nation-wide-stir/1/359973.html
  2. http://freepressjournal.in/collector-reviews-global-investors-meet-preparations/

 

 

CONFESSIONS OF THE WORLD BANK PRESIDENT

In an interview ahead of the World Bank bi-annual meeting, WB President Jim Yong Kim has predicted a not-so-rosy future for our world ahead.

Kim predicts that battles over food and water will break out in the next five to ten years.

Kim predicts that world’s poor will rise up and clash over access to clean water and affordable food.

Kim confesses that world leaders have done too little to address a warming planet, despite warnings from the environmental community and scientists.

Kim blames climate change activists and scientists for inaction. That they haven’t done enough to offer a plan to address global warming in a way he deems “serious”.

Kim promises that World Bank will fight global warming by finding a stable price for carbon and removing fuel subsidies.

Kim calls for “a much, much deeper understanding of the political dangers of very high levels of inequality”, by heads of state.

The neoliberal blueprint for economic development is low corporate taxation, low worker wages and protection, maximum privatisation, and minimal standards of environmental protection. Everything, in other words, to maximise wealth extraction and concentration.