NBA gives call for Jeene Ka Haq satyagraha for Sep 17 along Narmada river

The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) has given the call for Jeene Ka Haq Satyagraha, which would include Jal satyagraha on September 17 by farmers, labourers, fisher-people and others, asserting rights of peoples and rivers to live along the Narmada river, a public meeting at Rajgadh, Badwani on September 29, and a seminar on September 30 on “Sardar Sarovar Project- Kya Khoya, Kya Paya? A Dialogue on Dams” at the Hindi Sahitya Bhavan, Indore.
NBA said, the call has been given against the backdrop of “struggle by thousands of people, especially women, in Narmada that took place last year”, when, “facing police battalions armed with lathis, arrests to false cases”, activists, including NBA leader Medha Patkar, resorted to fast for 17 days. “People gained through certain decisions and orders on rehabilitation benefits although compliance is partial and not without the corruption”, it added.
NBA claimed, “More than 35,000 families in the submergence area not yet rehabilitated; environmental measures have not been complied with; thousands of kms of micro canals have not built, and neither irrigation for Gujarat nor power for Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra is attained as planned”, adding, even then, the Sardar Sarovar dam was “declared as completed and dedicated to the nation on September 17, 2017.”

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