From the 2nd to the 5th of February, the coal town of Godavari Khani, part of the Singareni coal belt in Northern Telengana, resounded with slogans and working class songs. It was the venue of the 2nd International Mining Workers’ Conference and delegates from 16 countries spanning 4 continents gathered there for deliberations on formulating a common programme for co-ordinated struggles of miners. Organized on behalf of the International Co-ordination Group (ICG) by the Preparatory Committee of India, the latter group consisted of ten likeminded unions working in the mining sector with Com B. Pradeep (General secretary IFTU National Committee),ICG member, as Convenor and Com. P.K. Murthy as Chairperson.
Since mid January 2017, Godavari Khani was the scene of hectic work by the leaders, cadres and activists of the IFTU affiliated GLBKS and Coal Contract workers union, other unions of the IFTU, all under the able guidance of the area’s political organizers. In the last ten days they were joined by members of the IFTU National Committee. Many volunteers from Germany also arrived ahead of the delegates to help with the preparations. Mine meetings of all three shifts were conducted daily in the mines in Godavari Khani, Manchhreyial, Bellampalli and Srirampur by the local leaders and activists who were accompanied by Arunodaya activists.… Read More
Mr. Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of the BJP led Jharkhand Govt., cannot stop patting himself on the back for a supposedly greatly successful ‘Global Investors’ Summit’ in Ranchi on 1617th February, 2017. The Summit had 12 Union Ministers in attendance to ensure proper projection of Modi’s ‘Make in India’. It is being claimed that 210 MOUs worth Rs.310,287 crore have been signed with Indian and foreign corporates with an employment potential of over 2 lakh jobs. Obviously no statistics are being revealed as to how much land will be seized from Adivasis and how many of them will be deprived of their agricultural land, forests and livelihood.
Earlier other Chief Ministers have also made many such claims of MOUs many of which did not materialize particularly because of strong movements of Adivasis and other peasants resisting seizure of their lands and refusing to sell. The Raghubar Das Govt., in order to forestall this, has made changes in the CNT and SPT Acts to pave the way for grabbing of Adivasi lands for corporates.
The Chhota Nagpur Tenancy Act,1908 (CNT) and the Santhal Parganas Tenancy Act,1949 (SPT based on the Regulation III of 1872) are the basic laws governing rights, both individual and community rights, of Adivasis in Jharkhand on all land in the village agricultural land, village community land, forest land.… Read More
Gujarat Police lobs tear gas, lathichages 5000 farmers for protesting diversion of Irrigation canal water to Big Industry
CEC of AIKMS has strongly condemned lathicharge and tear gas firing on several thousand protesting peasants of Sanand, Gujarat who were marching to Gandhinagar against the govt. having diverted irrigation water for their fields for Sanand industries. Peasants have been left starved for both irrigation and drinking water and their rabi crop is facing severe drought while big corporates draw the benefit of Sanand canal water being diverted for them by BJP govt. of Gujarat.
While Sri Modi is conspicuous by his silence on the issue his party and the govt. are not only depriving peasants of water meant for them, but also the right to peacefully represent their problems.
On Feb 14 about 5000 peasants began the march on tractors. They were from 32 villages of the area including Veeramgam, Bavla and Sanand. Led by a DSP police stopped them at Nal Sarovar and brutally lathicharged with even women and children being attacked by men in uniform. When they protested tear gas shells were lobbed to disperse them. The injured peasants are being treated at Sola Civil Hospital. However Ansari has claimed injuries to 7 policemen and none to the civilians. He has taken 20 peasants into custody under various allegations.… Read More