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Press Release 29.12.2013
Cabinet Under Scanner : Will it accept the CBI Report?
Rajiv Awas Yojna in Mumbai: Victory of Years Long Struggle BY GBGB Andolan and NAPM
Rahul Gandhi’s statement as an advice to the Chief Minister and the cabinet of Maharashtra is surely a surprise, yet welcome. His taking a position that the CBI Report on Adarsh should have been accepted by the Maharashtra cabinet and acted upon is no doubt a credit-saving exercise and that should be given marks too. Later is better than never. However, will the cabinet show the political will with personal courage? Will the fulfill his constitutional mandate by permitting filing FIR against Ashok Chavan, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra?
However, this again brings out the weak capacity and political will within Congress to mitigate corruption and act against the corrupt. While we have been following the High Court-directed CBI inquiry in the case filed the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Government first tried to suppress it through the Justice Patil Commission and later by rejecting the report. The report is not yet complete, not necessarily perfect in its analysis and conclusions. We cannot believe that the land indeed belonged to the state government and not the military establishment. However, the very fact that 22 flats are found to be ‘Benami” in the fake name, and 38 flats are purchased against the name, that is by the ineligible, the illegality is obvious and the sanctions too were granted against the rules. The ‘pecuniary advantages’in terms of flats received through those indicate corruption at various levels, including Mantralaya, MCGM and MMRDA and that is corruption as per the Prevention of corruption Act,1988
It’s shocking that in spite of the decision given by the Ministry of Forest and Environment, on violation of CRZ,the illegally built 6 stories of Adarsh Society are not demolished, even when it has no habitants till date, while in Campa-Cola case, not the builders nor MCGM but only the residents are punished.
While Adarsh is ‘protected’ for protecting the elite culprits, the state and authorities did not protect the Adarsh Nagar, a slum in Govandi, sheltering poor, unorganized sector workers, minorities and those who cannot buy an ‘authorised’ house costing their salary for 15 to 20 years. Few other slums, Sant Nirankari Nagar and Indira Nagar too are served notices. Bhim Nagar lie demolished, all in M ward area. This discrimination is not acceptable and needs to be challenged. Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan and NAPM continues to do so…since 2005 till equity and justice is attained.
Rajiv Awas Yojna (RAY) to be implemented in ‘M’ ward : Success of long battle by slum dwellers in Mumbai start with Mandala, end with mass-democracy.
It’s a victory of the perseverant fight being given by thousands of the families of the poor, unprotected workers, the slum dwellers in and slums all over Mumbai, from Mankhund to Malad, that the standing committee of Mumbai Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has resolved that Rajiv Awas Yojana will be implemented in M ward, in the N-E suburbs of Mumbai. The dream of Govandi-Mankhund area slum free city, we assert can never be fulfilled if the brutal eviction of slums therein continues even before the RAY commence to be executed.
This scheme which was proposed as self-reliant housing with financial support from the Central and state governments has to be a substitute for Slum Rehabilitation Scheme where the builders are not only get a chunk of prime and priced land occupied many times, even created by slums but also favours and freedom that bring them huge profit and privileges as well as power to bully the poor and the powerless, the shelterless.
GBGB Andolan and NAPM have pursued it through and through mass action of thousand by filing thousands of application with the state government and with MCGM. Two fasts in May 2011 and April 2012 demanded the RAY to replace SRA projects, where fraud to forgery is dug out by common people, staking their lives. It was during 10 days’ agitation (January 1st to 10th last year) with 8 to 10,000 on the streets of Mumbai for right to shelter, that enquiry by the Principal Secretary, Hosuing was initiated and submissions and hearings of all parties are completed. It is still on but the report is suppressed till date and eviction continued in 6 projects, full of illegalities and irregularities, exposed by GBGB Andolan (NAPM).
Today when RAY, it is decided by the standing committee through Resolution dated 26.12.2013, will be implemented in M ward, GBGB demands that it should begin with the Mandala pilot project proposed since long. Some change in land reservation, allotting 10-15 acres of land ,more than 50 meters away from mangroves, is possible and feasible in their case. We also demand that RAY should be executed with truly participatory approach involving people’s organisations and the people themselves, since the preliminary stage of survey.
The political parties must show humility and faith in democracy and not immoral selfishness. They have just begun an ‘Ray’ , by putting up their banners suddenly cropped up like mushrooms all over the area of Govandi-MAnkhund. Where were they, people ask, during demolitions and agitations to bring RAY. We warn them of disastrous consequences if they do not behave and respect people and their struggle.
Anwari Behen Sumit Wajale Santosh Thorat Medha Patkar
Shriram Jamil Bhai
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