Tuesday, August 5, 2014

CM should revoke Mining licence given to Essar; #Greenpeace

Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS) supported by prominent members of other social movements today urged the government of Madhya Pradesh to end the systematic clampdown of the movement against Essar and Hindalco's proposed coal mine in Mahan forests in Singrauli. At a press conference, in Bhopal, members of MSS emphasised that a Gram Sabha or any other democratic process cannot be held in such a repressive atmosphere.
The activists also demanded that the CM should take immediate steps to revoke Essar's licence to mine and plunder the pristine forests in Mahan. The license has been granted trampling over the rights of over 50,000 forest dwellers from over 50 villages that are dependent on the forests of Mahan for their livelihood. MSS demanded that the state government should take immediate steps to ensure that the Forest Rights Act (FRA) is implemented in all these villages.