MINUTES WITH DECISIONS RECEIVED FROM GOVERNMENT, CLARIFICATIONS DEMANDED AND SUGGESTIONS MADE
Mumbai, January 8: The continuing struggle of Mumbai’s slum dwellers and those affected by corruption in Slum Rehabilitation and Re-development, at Azad Maidan, Mumbai entered a new phase today.
Shri Anna Hazare visited Azad Maidan and expressed his support to the struggle for right to shelter. In a democratic republic with the Constitution written in the name of the people, no Government has any right to evict people in a brutal manner and make them homeless, he said, calling halt to the atrocities. The land grab and land Scam clearly indicative of the builder-politician nexus needs to be challenged and people’s movement is the only way. The next move of the movement of against corruption, he said, would take up the land issue, for sure, whether urban or rural land.
Shri. Abu Azmi, MLA from Mankhurd, also visted Azad Maidan, where he was questioned by the people in his constituency as well as others. He was reminded of his promises before elections and at times heckled too, ultimately he agreed to take people’s side and be with the delegation in Mantralaya tomorrow.
The GBGB Andolan received the minutes with decision by the CM and the Mantralaya, yesterday night. We, from Azad Maidan, sent a reply demanding certain clarifications and suggestions–
We can accept enquiry into the first group and 6 SRA projects under the leadership of Principle Secretary, Housing, however, we need a written assurance of no eviction till enquiry reports are out.
Our representatives should be part of the enquiry process
We also need a clear guarantee through State’s recommendation pushing RAY and Mandala pilot project.
We want an assurance that slums will be declared within a month and all basic amenities will be provided, as per Slum Act, both from the Municipal Corporation and Principle Secretary Housing.
RAY, we are told, can start without pilot and funds can come to the State by March 2013 but we need a guraunteed written assurance in this regard.
The struggle continues and expects further clarifications and guarantees on each issue from the CM, State and MCGB. The people receiving support from all over, are much empowered and determined to fight till the goals are achieved.
Ladenge ! Jeetenge!!
Medha Patkar, Jamil bhai, Mohan Chavan, Madhuri Shivkar, Madhuri Variyath, Sumit Wajale, Santosh Thorat, Sandeep Yevale, Kishor Kardak, Girija Bahen, Prabhakar Narkar, Shilpa Sabale, Kamlesh S S, Siraj, Umar bhai, Shabbir Deshmukh
Organised by : Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Janta Jagruti Manch, Shahar Vikas Manch, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar Bachao Samiti, Nagari Niwara Haq Samiti, Waghini Sangathan, SRA Sangharsh Samiti, Bruhanmumbai Niwara Samanvaya Samiti
Affiliates of National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements
Contact: Madhuri Shivkar 09892143242 | Madhuri Wariyath 09820619174 | Sumit Wajale 09967875999 | Sandeep Yevale 09819307419