Jan Sansad Calls for Renewed Struggle to Achieve Azadi from Corruption
No More SRA in Mumbai Bastis and Slums
A massive Jan Chetawani on March 22nd to be Held in Mumbai
MUMBAI, MARCH 5 : The Jan Sansad after two days of deliberations today ended with the call for Azadi. Emphasising on the fact that the political independence in 1947 was not for everyone, social and economic freedom still eludes the vast majority of Indians who are becoming poorer still, while the influence of corporate power on all aspects of life only grows and governments act as the subsidiaries of big money. Swami Agnivesh called for the sustained fight of the people to the finish against the political, social and economic corruption plaguing the society. Jan Sansad resolved in its commitment to the bringing of the Lokpal Bill, Jan Bhagidari Bill and Development Planning Act which will pave the way for greater political participation of the aam aadmi.
Two days of deliberations focused on the denial of fundamental rights to the basti dwellers and working population of a megapolis, Mumbai. The long-standing slum dwellers’ lawful demands of right to land, shelter, water, food, health and education have not merely been neglected by successive governments but in the name of development, have been subordinated to corporate growth through criminal collusion with builders and land mafia. The SRA scheme is a scheme to take over the land of the people in Basti and Jan Sansad resolved to fight it and not allow any of these schemes to take over their land. The Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana offers some hope but no attempt at fraud will be tolerated by the state authorities in the name of slum development. The cut off mark of 1995 is completely arbitrary and the Jan Sansad refused to accept such distinction and oppose it tooth and nail.
Jan Sansad has called for a massive rally, Jan Chetavani Morcha, in Mumbai on March 22nd where lakhs of people from all the Bastis in Mumbai would gather and challenge the authroity of the State to take over their houses and land. The fire in Bandra enraged the thousands who gathered at the Jan Sansad and resolved to not allow the builders and political parties to take control of their houses and land and sell their water, electricity and others to private companies and corporations.
The struggle to establish equity in supply of basic services like housing, water, electricity, education and health to all the citizens in a city was reiterated. Medha Patkar alleged that likes of Ambani, who consume more than their adequate share alone are real hoarders and criminals today. The Slums are not criminals and corrupt; it is the Shivalik Ventures, Hiranandani and other builders and politicians are real culprits and criminals. Jan Saansads at the Jan Sansad resolved that everybody has a equal right to the resources in the city and it has to be won and fought for. The JNNURM scheme, which brings in huge World Bank funds is not only used to destroy the homes of the slum dwellers and deny resources to them but also forms the source for corruption and generation of black money that funds elections at all levels.
Jan Sansad associate NAPM and Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan resolved to hold morchas all over the Mumbai city and stop any demolition. In coming months Jan Sansad will hold agitations all over the country in different cities and go on to seek people’s participation in the democratic planning of resources of cities.
Jan Sansad resolved to hold peace and justice marches in states of Jhakhand, Orissa and Maharashtra tribal regions in April, May and June respectively. To bring together the movements against the slum demolitions in coastal cities, against the numerous thermal power plants and atrocities on fish workers, Jan Sansad will organise coastal marches and agitations from May onwards. It also decided to extend support to the ongoing democratic movements across the country and those in Arab World and Latin America. It also said the Indian military can’t be used anywhere in the world to suppress these democratic movements and opposed the use of state’s military and police for repression on the people’s movements in the country.
It ended with a public meeting in Mandala – Mankhurd where they decared it as a liberated zone from oppression, from exploitation and any evictions and demolitions and resolved to fight for its existence.
The Jan Sansad was organised on March 4th and 5th, 2011 at Aangan Lawns, Deonar, Mumbai, by National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) and Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan. The event was attended on both days by over 1,200 people from several slums of Mumbai, more than half of them being women, who marched to the venue, besides people from nearly 15 states of India. A sabhapati mandal consisting of leaders of movements, activists and people of social standing from various parts of India presided. Prominent among them were retired Judges Rajendra Sachar and H.Suresh, Swami Agnivesh, B D Sharma, Vidya Bal, Gabriele Dietrich, Banwarilal Sharme, Bhai Vaidya and Medha Patkar.
Madhuresh Kumar, Gautam Bandopahdyay, Vivekanand Mathne for Jan Sansad
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