Press release – Awas Haq Satyagrah concluded on the 5th day with a warning rally


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Awas Haq Satyagrah concluded on the 5th day with a warning rally

Struggle to intensify if the government doesn’t respond 

Mumbai | 30th May 2015: The Awas Haq Satyagrah concluded on its 5th day with a massive warning rally today.  Despite various attempts, the government failed to respond to the demands of the poor slum dwellers, raising serious questions about its commitments towards its citizens. Not only several calls made to the Collector Bandra remained unattended, even water for drinking was not provided to the people, a promise that the Assistant Commissioner of M (East) Ward had made earlier but didn’t fulfill. There were no water and toilet facilities at the site of Satyagrah, hinting towards the miserable conditions of slums and callousness of the government.

Satyagrah which started on 26th May saw more than 3,000 families of Mandala, who were evicted in the demolition drive in 2004-2005, reclaiming their housing right by occupying the land and demarking the boundaries to build their homes. The Satyagrah has also exposed the doubletalk of the government; on one hand government has been making false promises to people while having failed in implementing the Mandala RAY pilot project, and on the other hand, as per the recent news, the government is trying to change the RAY policy to favor builder-Corporate lobby by “reviving” it on the PPP model and stalling the fund allocation for policy.

To oppose the indifference to their demands and continuous oppression by the Government and administration, the Satyagrahis carried out a massive torch rally on the 55 acres of occupied land. A clear warning has been given to the administration, the police and the MMRDA that struggle would be intensified, along with rebuilding of houses, if no response comes from their side in the near future.

Awas Haq Satyagrah, which is yet another milestone in the long history of struggle of the Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan since 2004-5, received widespread support and solidarity from all over the country. Several activists and eminent citizens, including Teesta Setalvad, Sukla Sen, Prof. Dr. Uday Mehta, Jatin Desai and many more have extended their support to the Satyagrah.

 

Namrata Jadhav          Neha Jaimati       Jainuddin            Nadir Sheikh                          

Uday Mohite                                    Medha Patkar

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. patrio
    May 31, 2015 @ 22:24:37

    It is one of the many unfortunate things happening in the country. There are controversial games played by the government and officials. There are 2 best examples to it: 1. Officer Khemka in Haryana is being severely punished for being honest and being against Robert Vadra and the then Congress government. Even the current BJP governments in Centre as well in the state, who used to criticise and posed themselves ‘holier than thou’ against congress is following the footsteps of congress.
    2. Officer S.Gamlin in Delhi is working as super agent of Lt.Gov. Jung as well central leadership and acting against democratically elected government and trying to win the hearts of Modi and coterie by carrying out a Najib Jung’s ‘Jung’ (war) against AAP .
    In between these two examples there are thousands highly corrupt officials, toad-eaters and yes man and enjoy the patronage of corrupt politicians as well those who are corrupt but not to the extent of accumulating immense cash/wealth.

    A rightful right in the country is scarce but is truth and we all have lived and would be living for atleast next 20 years.

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