I am Vidhya Chanran Mishra from Village Suhira, Post Karsualal, Tehsil Mada, District Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. I have worked Essar Power in Badhora, Singrauli for six months and left in distress. Though my working hours were eight hours per day but I regularly worked for twelve hours and I was paid around 6,000 on the basis of eight hours. I have never been paid overtime. I have raised this issue and also given in writing seeking my compensation for extra time but it’s of no use. As evidence, I have the photocopy of the gate pass which can establish the number of hours that I had put in at work. They also exploit their workers by paying less money than the government fixed standard. The workers are paid Rs 150-160 for 8 hours where in the government fixed wage is Rs 300 for 8 hours. This is my request and appeal to the listeners of Radio Sangharsh, that this project must be shut down and proper wage compensation has to be made to all the workers.
To know more about the issue call Vidhya Charan Mishra- 7772083490
Call District Magistrate- 07805 – 234541 email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Labour Commissioner K.C. Gupta I.A.S.- 07312432822 email – email@example.com
My name is Jagnarayan Shah from Village Amelia, Post karsualal, Tehsil Mada, Dist- Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh
Being an active member of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti, I feel proud that finally our perseverance and determination has paid off. We have won Mahan!! Our four years of peaceful fight to save the Asia’s oldest Sal forest which is also our livelihood will not be auctioned. Mahan Sangharsh Samiti has celebrated this victory as Democracy Festival along with other civil societies on 30th March 2015. Thousands of villagers came together and celebrated this event and also opposed the Land Acquisition Bill. They ripped the copy of Land acquisition bill and buried it to as a symbol of protest against the bill. MSS will continue its peaceful movement to save forest and livelihood.
To know more about event Call Jagnarayan Shah- 7566904239
Greetings to the listners of Radio Sangharsh. I am Akhlesh Kumar Sharma from village Suhira, post karsualal, Tehsil Mada, Dist Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. Road is not only a necessity but also an important element for the development. One such necessity of road is at ward no 14. With the construction of this road, around 200 household will be benefited. But because of RamSagar Sharma there is so much of delay in the construction. It is very difficult to list our problems with the district administration because of his good connections and relation with the administration we lack to register it even as a complaint. Hence, I request the listeners to provide us support and clear our path.
To know more about issue call Akhlesh at 7581989229
To report the issue call District magistrate Raghuraj Rajendran – 07805-234541 and email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Greeting I am Vivek Goyal and welcome to Radio Sangharsh. There is a good news to the listners, one of the oldest sal forest of Aisa has been in controversy and discussion because of strong opposition from local community against coal mining. According to the Government document acquired by Greenpeace’s RTI the Mahan coal block may not be put on auction as it falls in ‘inviolate forests’. Despite getting the Stage II Forest Clarence mining has not begun in Mahan. This is the third time when the Environment Ministry has told the Coal Ministry to deny permission to mine Mahan.
The decision represents a huge victory for the people of Mahan and Greenpeace. If Mahan is inviolate, it also has implications for other blocks in the region like Chhatrasal and Dongrital. This is people’s victory!!
Have you ever heard of School with drunken teachers? If not, then visit Suhira Government School in village suhira in Singrauli, Madhya Pardesh. I have been told by the native villagers that teachers of this government school are drunk when they come for teaching. Sometimes these teachers also drink in the school premise and classrooms too. Teachers naming Tejisharan, Prajapati, Gulab Singh Gond regularly come to school in drunken state and also doing swindling in the mid day meal. Mid –day meal is suppose to be for school children but often mid day meals are cooked after school timing and when students are gone. This is not only a scam but very unethical on teacher’s part. I would request the District Magistrate to act immediately on this and save the future of those innocent children.
To know more about the issue call Virendra Singh – 8965908155
Call District Magistrate Raghuraj MR – 07805-234541,244110 email@example.com
Call Mr. S.R. Mohanti- Addl.Chief Secretary of School education @ 0755-4251330,2575641 email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings I am Vivek Goyal, I welcome you to Radio Sangharsh. It seems the whole world is confused about fundamental rights. Democracy is shrinking in India and we saw a great example of it at Delhi international airport on 11 January when the government stopped Greenpeace India senior activist Priya Pillai to fly to London. Let’s listen what Priya says on it.
When I reached the airport, immigration officers stopped me and said you can’t leave country because your name is in the government database. I was going to London because Essar Energy is registered in London. It is same the company which got the second stage clearance for coal mining on basis of forged Gramsabha in Mahan, Madhya Pradesh. I was about to meet members of the parliament in London and talk about these human rights violation. It is a clear violation of human rights especially those who live in Mahan region. I oppose this move. We will continue this fight in any situation, whether the government or any corporate tries to stop us.
So Priya Pillai said it is act of human rights violation. Her passport was stamped with the word “offload” which will be problematic for her in future.
I am Anita Kushwaha from Village Budher, Post Jamghadi, Tehsil Sarai, District Singraul, Madhya Pradesh.
I am an active member of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti in Singrauli and fighting for saving our forest and livelihood. I have applied for my passport as I have got this opportunity to address my concern of how these foreign companies are violating human rights and establishing and operating power plants. It came as a rude shock when I read how Priya was stopped at the airport. She was traveling to London to raise and address about our woes. This is an effort to muffle our voice and I am determined that I am going to oppose this injustice by using communication tools to raise my voice. This is my request to the listeners of Radio Sangharsh that the time has come to mull over that how can we unite and fight to restore our fundamental rights.
I am Jayaprakash (Village Jhalri, Thana Langhadol, Singrauli),The recent crackdown by the Government of India on the Activist Priya Pilliai is a clear violation of the fundamental rights of an individual. Priya is fighting for the rights of country’s tribal community. She is fighting to save Mahan, which is one of the oldest and largest Sal forests in Asia. This move by the government is in favor of the foreign companies not for the local communities dependent on the forest for their livelihoods and the forest which is also home to several rare and endangered species. Essar Power has violated several rules here in Singrauli by acquiring fake signatures, by forging 6th March 2013 Gram Sabha. Essar Power forged the signatures of people who are even dead or in jail. As Priya Pillai has been fighting this battle since 2011 in Mahan, she was invited by the British Parliamentarians to address the issues as Essar is registered in London. She was “Offload” at immigration at Delhi International Airport on 11th January by without giving any legitimate reasons. We oppose this and insist listeners of Radio Sangharsh to help!
This is not a new story of Kisan Credit card fraudism. One such victim of Kisan Credit card fraud is Mohan Singh of S/O Lalshah Singh (Village Khadra, Post mada, Dist- Singrauli, Madhy Pradesh). He was promised by one broker that the given one lakh rupees will be deposited in his account. But till now the broker has not deposited the money. Regarding this, Mohan Singh has also filed a written complaint in Mada Police station on 29 July 2014. So far the police authorities behavior have been non cooperative and they have also demanded bribe from Mohan Singh. According to him, the bank is also non committal and not cooperating. Each time they are coming with the staged reply that inquiry is on and I will only get the money once the inquiry is done. It’s high time that government should streamline the existing channel and procedure to apply for Kisan Credit Cards to avoid such fraudism. I hope that Radio Sangharsh will help Mohan Singh recovering his money.
Report to Tribal Commissioner Ashish Upadhyay – 9425040333 email- Tribal@mp.nic.in
Report this to District Magistrate Raghuraj MR – 7805 (234541) email- email@example.com
I am Rakesh Kumar Shah from village Basi Virdaha, Post Karsuaraja, Tehsil Mada, Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. Through Radio Sangharsh and om behalf of my fellow village communities I want yo request the State of Madhya Pradesh to open a ration shop at our own village. Currently we have to travel more than 10 kilometers to another village to buy rations. There are many instances when we get late and the shop owner simply denies to give us the ration. It will be a great convenience for us if the ration shop gets open at our village. I hope that Radio Sangharsh will help me.
Report this to District Magistrate Raghuraj MR – 7805 (234541) email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Jagnarayan Shah (Village Amelia, Post Karsualal, Tehsil Mada, Dist Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh) I am an active member of MSS and dependent on Mahan forest for livelihood. MSS is grateful for everyone who has stood up for our cause! And also wish a very Happy New Year 2015 to all the people who have supported our fight for saving Mahan forest and livelihood. People who live far away from the Mahan forest but have shown constant solidarity in several ways. Our livelihood has been saved because of your efforts and honourable Supreme Court’s ultimate decision to deallocate illegal coal blocks. But we are hearing that the government is planning to auction of 76 coal blocks in 2015 .This means our livelihood and the Mahan forest again will be in danger! I appeal to people who have supported us previously, to help us fight for our right again. It’s only because of people power that we have managed to reach this far in our struggle.
To everyone listening to Radio Sangharsh, I humbly appeal to please spread awareness on the issues related to our land, our forest and our home.
I am Kripanath Yadav, an active member and activist of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti. I went to Bhopal on the 30 anniversary of the gruesome 3rd December 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy which left the country paralyses. Even after three decades people are still waiting for the normalcy to return. The tragedy which slayed thousand innocent lives will remain fresh in the heart of the victims and the generation to come. The government talks about bringing development and if development comes at the cost of million lives then one needs to introspect the true meaning of it. Many government came and gone but the victims of the gas tragedy still waiting for the justice. 30 years back, government did the similar promise of generating employment and reviving lives of thousands in Bhopal, which the government is doing for Singrauli now. I don’t want another Bhopal in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. India is bearing the cost of development in the form of deformed kids and a paralyzed generation. Bhopal Gas Tragedy has just remained any other solidarity opportunity for organizations and an error of judgement for the government. I refuse to let any foreign company destroy my pristine forest in Singrauli. Hence I appeal to my fellow friend not to support any factory without accountability in your area. We have already seen in Bhopal how dangerous they can be. Thank You!!
Kripanath yadav (Village Amelia, Dist- Singaruli, Madhya Pradesh)
I’m a member of Mahan Sangharsh samiti (MSS). MSS is fighting for saving livelihood and human rights, standing against injustice. Not only in Singrauli, but MSS is also working across the country, connected with other people’s movements and organizations. Our struggles have reached international levels now, getting stronger day by day.
Recently MSS participated in NAPM national meet for people’s movement in Pune, Saneji Guru Memorial, from 31 Oct to 2nd Nov 2014. From MSS – Kripanath, jagnarayan Shah and Akshay Gupta participated in it. We had great interactions, had learned and shared experiences with other Activists from different parts/movements/organizations of India present there. I am requesting to Radio Sangharsh’s Listeners to join us and be a member of MSS to strengthen us further and help solve problems. Our fight with continue!”
Call Kripanath for more details 8435770225 to know more about MSS’s experience at NAPM.
Anita Kushwaha (Village Budher, Post Jamghadi, Tehsil Sarai, Dist- Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh):
“Budher village’s Ration Shop owner doesn’t give us ration following norms. And when he gives, he does the wrong entry on ration card so that he can blackmarket the rations. I went to take kerosene but he refused to give and said, “your name is not on the slip. It is my choice whether I’ll give or not.”
Laxmi Devi Saket, a lady from Barvatola came to get her ration. 35Kg was written on her slip; but the ration shop owner told her that she could only take 5Kg! She protested saying why should she take 5kg when 35Kg is written on her slip. As a result, the angry Ration shop owner started beating her.
Ration shop owner’s name is Shiv Sagar Vaish and his mobile no is 9669126731. I am requesting the Radio Sangharsh’s listeners to help her and others (who get cheated by Shiv regularly) get justice.”
To know more about this, call Anita 8718939145
Call Shiv (the Ration Shop owner) and ask for a clarification 9669126731
Report this to Food and Public Distribution Department – Babulal Dongre- Dist. Supply Officer 07805 234540 email - email@example.com and Commissioner Dr. Manohar Agnani – 0755 2551479 email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Report this to National Consumer Helpline – http://www.nationalconsumerhelpline.in/Contact-NCH.aspx
Call the District Magistrate Raghuraj MR - 07805 (234541) and report the Ration Shop Owner’s corruption
Call the officer in charge of Sarai Police Station - 07805-271038 and report Shiv’s beating Laxmi Devi.
“Many heavy vehicles of Essar from different directions are passing through our village, causing huge pollution. These heavy vehicles carry coal. Dust and smoke fill the air, as a result, many villagers are suffering from asthma and tuberculosis. This heavy traffic is also causing road accidents.
On the other hand, as I reported before, Essar power is also not giving the jobs to displaced people. They had already looted our land and constructed boundary wall around it. People who lost their land can’t even enter its premises. They are paying only 150 rupees labor charges to labor. These labors are being exploited in the plant. Essar power has created many problems. They have also bulldozed small houses and trees of people who were living there for more than half a century!. Nobody is listening. Essar officials are like traitors, they are not listening to us. People are anxious and dying hungry. The population of our village is 5000, but only 100-200 people got the job. They have hired people from other state to work in the plant. I am requesting that the company provides the jobs as soon as possible.”
Call Vidya Charan to know more details about the pollution and broken promises by Essar – 9575118805
Report to District Magistrate Raghuraj MR at 07805-234541 and email – email@example.com help Vidya Charan and many others who lost their land and didn’t get anything promised in return – job, plot, compensation.
Report to Health Department and Pollution Control Board (M.P) about the coal carrier heavy vehicle’s causing pollution and adverse health effects on the people of Bandhaura.
“My Wife received a cheque from the government. I have deposited this cheque at Mandhyanchal Gramin Bank, branch Suhira on 20 Oct. 2014. My wife went back to bank to check whether the money had been credited to account.. Bank Manager told her that there is few mistake in cheque so kindly make it right and gave it back to my wife. My wife Kesh kumari was coming back to home. In between she met ASHA worker Indrapati Sharma and she started fighting and snatched my wife’s cheque. I am requesting to Radio Sangharsh to help him and start preceding strict legal action him.”
Call Ashwini to know more details about the incident 9009083003
“‘Jangal ham chodab nahi, zameen ham chodab nahi, mahur mati hum chodab nahi.’ We will not leave our forest. Until we are given our community forest right, we will not entertain any other conditions from anyone. Friends, we demand that we get our Community Forest Rights under Forest Rights Act. 2006. Those, who are trying to destroy our forest, should stop now and realize that they are doing wrong. and rather know how to save it.”
You can contact Kamla Singh to know more about the villagers’ struggle in Mahan 8359899684
Rambahor yadav (Village Amelia, Post karsualal, Tehsil mada, Dist- Singrauli):
Mahan Coal ltd was about to come in my village. Company was inspecting the mahan forest area to get hold of the forest.
But friends, truth always wins! We formed a people’s group called Mahan Sangharsh Samiti to save the forest. We have fought together and won as of now. The company was trying to acquire our mahan but we were firm in our stand that we would not give our forest and we haven’t! Now the environment is saved and everybody is breathing in fresh air. We don’t want to give this forest to company.
Call Rambhor to know about the prolonged fight by MSS to save Mahan – 9669889510
“Essar has wronged with me! The Company acquired my land (registry no 569-566) in 2008 and bulldozed it. I didn’t get the job, compensation and plot which were promised to me against my giving away the land. Many times I reported this to the District Magistrate in Public hearings. I also went to the company officials but nobody is listening.
Now the situation is worse and I’m dying hungry. I am reporting this to Radio Sangharsh so that the other people like me get the employment and compensation.”
Call Vidya Charan to know more details about this report – 9575118805
Report this to District Magistrate Raghuraj MR at 07805-234541 and email – firstname.lastname@example.org help Vidya Charan and many others.
“Gramsabha has been organized on 3rd Oct 2014 in my Budher village. But the Sarpanch and Village Secretary did not write anything on proposal letter and they didn’t even inform all the villagers. I asked the Sarpanch and Secretary when’s the date for next GramSabha, yet didn’t get any answer from them.
On that day, I was passing by the village school and found that GramSabha was going on. I asked the secretary, “What’s written in the gramsabha proposal?” He told, “Nothing is written yet, I’ll write once I go home!” I demanded that the proposal must be written in the GramSabha and not in anyone’s home. But as usual, they didn’t tell anything.
After all these, they started taking signatures on a blank paper! I said that I wouldn’t sign on a blank paper.
I request you, the Radio Sangharsh listeners to help solve this problem in our village.”
Call Anita to know more details about this incident- 8718939145
Call Budher’s village secretary Shivshankar Vaish – 9669086654 and ask what was written on the proposal
Notify the District Magistrate- Raghuraj MR about this illegal practices by public servants! Phone - 07805 (234541) , mail –email@example.com
Anita Kushwaha (village Budher, post Jammghadi, Tehsil Sarai, Dist- Singrauli):
“A school is being constructed by our Grampanchayat in which they are using fresh forest wood from Mahan forest. This wood is being chopped by Deputy Forest Ranger, Forest beat Guard and Budher’s village Sarpanch. We, 10 women went to stop them from cutting the forest. Denying us, they said, ‘do whatever you want to do. We’ll continue.’ When I was clicking photo of the happenings, they even threatened me to kill! They are also using under 18 children for cutting woods from forest.
I appeal to the listeners to take this issue up to Women and Child Development Department and Forest Department to initiate just action.”
Call Anita for more details – 8718939145
Call and Mail Anupam Ranjan Director of Women and Child Development 0755-2550909 ,2550910 and Child Labor cell: firstname.lastname@example.org and inform about this.
Women’s security cell & helpline: 09425841437
National Women’s Commission Complaints Cell:011-23219750
The more of you do this, the pressure would ensure that action is taken.
Inform about this illegal logging to the District Magistrate Raghuraj MR – 07805 -234541
Email to Madhya Pradesh Forest Departmentemail@example.com
I am Kripanath Yadav, from village Amelia, post Karsualal, Thana and Tehsil Mahda, Singrauli district, Madhya Pradesh. I am an activist of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti. On September 26, 2014, India’s highest court cancelled all coal block allocations, of which Mahan was also one. For four years now, all of us who are part of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti have been asserting that the allocation of this coal block is invalid and today this has been confirmed. This is a big victory for us. Mahan Sangharsh Samiti, Singrauli congratulates the Supreme Court judge and also convey our gratitude to honorable Prashant Bhushan because he took on the fight for our freedom and won Mahan for us, fluttering a green flag over it. On this occasion, we heartily welcome Prashant Bhushan and R. M.Lodha. Zindabad!
I am Virendra Kumar Singh, from Amelia village, Singrauli district, Madhya Pradesh. Today in our Amelia village, 2000 of the members of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti are celebrating the Supreme Court order cancelling the coal block allocations. Thank you!
Friends zindabad! My name is Hari Dayal Singh Gond speaking, from Amelia village, post Karsualal. I am a member of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti and I am the head of the Forest Rights Committee. After hearing the Supreme Court verdict, I felt that something good has happened in our life. I completely believe that the truth always wins. The truth can get pressured but it can never be defeated. I am extremely happy and I wish that if in the future the government wants to organize new auctions for the cancelled coal blocks, they must implement the forest rights act is before the same. If that doesn’t happen, our fight will again continue. Zindabad!
SITARAM SHAH (Village-Amelia, Post karsualal, Teshil Mada, Dist- Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh):
“On 20 Sept 2014, Mahan Sangharsh Samiti member Sitalal Shah, Ramlakhan, Ramkumar and Shankar participated in People’s Climate March which was organized by organization 350 India. My objective of coming here was to tell urban people and make them relate to our pain and struggle. Climate Change is directly related with my struggle. Deforestation and GHGs from burning of coal are the main reasons of Climate Change. I appeal to Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he should also attend the UN climate submit along with Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar in New York. We should stop deforestation and start working on saving forests because Climate Change affects millions and many countries. We have already seen climate change effects in Kashmir.
Ram Lakhan Saket from village Suhira, Post Karsualal, Tehsil Mada, District Singrauli , Madhya Pradesh.
I went to the village Patwari Dheeresh to get a receipt and he is asking me for Rs 2000. I am a poor man who does not have the ability to work. So I do not have money and so my receipt is not being drawn. I appeal Radio Sangharsh listeners to give me a hearing. The village Patwari number is 9425491096.
To know more about the issue, call Ramlakhan Saket at 7509316310
Report to District Magistrate Raghuraj MR at 07805-234541 and email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Report to CM Helpline- 155343 and CM Anti-corruption unit- 181
“I am hearing news from radio and newspaper that the central and state government are going to make some changes in some laws like consent of GramSabha, Forest Right Act etc. The reports say that the consent of Gramsabhas would not be required! But if this mandate of taking consent of Gramsabha is cancelled, then there would be bad impact on tribal and non tribals. People would lose their rights and there won’t be any value of villagers as a result. I am requesting the government that the Consent of GramSabha and Forest Right Act should not be cancelled or diluted. It does not matter that how old the law is, if people of this country think that it is right then it is right.”
You can contact Jayprakash at 7389779955
JAI PRAKASH KUSHWAHA (Jhalli village, post Karsualal, thana Langadhol, dst. Singrauit, MP)
“On Sept 5, 2014, in village Dongri, thana Langadhol, Singrauli, a JP official has got a hole dug and placed coal in it to show the government officers that the coal mining is operational. After his saying so, the Tribals from Dhongri and Bhisaguda reacted strongly and asked the officer how come JP had ‘started mining coal’ when villagers didn’t get any jobs, plot, compensation! Some people started saying that the higher officials have accepted money and are getting wrong things done or giving clearances. The laws are not being followed by anyone. Some people were insultingly saying that the laws are made only for poor people. Everyone gives a hearing to rich people and only God listens to the poor.
You can call Jaiprakash at 7389779955 to know more about this discrepancy.
“We have been dependent on the jungle since generations. Therefore, the right to the forests first belongs to the people who live here. I have heard that the government is trying to bring in a new law. According to the new law they wish, to set up a coal mine or an commercial industry, it will not be necessary to get the consent of the villagers. If this law is brought in, it is a violation of our fundamental rights as well as the rights of the people living in the forests. I will not obey this law because it will destroy the livelihoods of the people who depend on the forests and we will all be displaced from our homes. So, this law has to be stopped immediately. I appeal to my friends around the country that this law which the government is trying to impose is wrong because the coal reserves of the country will be destroyed completely because of this.”
You can call Anita at 8718939145 for more details.
JAG NARAYAN SHAH (Amelia village, Thana and Tehsil Mahda, Singrauli district, Madhya Pradesh) :
“I am a Mahan Sangharsh Samiti activist. I am an independent citizen of India. I have heard though newspapers and news that the attempt by the government to dilute the Forest Rights Act and not give the Gram Sabha any importance is being discussed. If it happens, it won’t be necessary to enforce forests rights laws and to obtain consent in the Gram Sabha before allocating coal blocks. This is a violation of the rights of all the people in India! The laws guarantee rights under the Constitution to every person because of which the citizens of the country are able to progress. I want to state that since generations for us the source of livelihood are the forests of Mahan, in which the forest produce is non-taxable. The people for whom the forests are a source of livelihood they have the first right to the forests. It would not be right to carry out any activity in the forests without their consent and it would also be a violation of their rights. To interfere with this, would be a violation of people’s rights.
Before the elections, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that good days are here. But it seems from reports in the newspapers that people who live in forest areas, who have their livelihoods there, it seems like their lives are in danger. This is a violation of the rights of Indian citizens. If rights are violated in this manner, then we will fight to save our rights and our livelihoods ourselves and I appeal to the friends listening to Radio Sangharsh, to try hard to save the livelihoods and daily bread of fellow Indian citizens. Thank you!”
You can reach Jag Narayan for more details at 8359899684
Radio Sangharsh is Greenpeace India’s decentralized project that helps the larger world discover stories from the dense forests. By digitizing the voices from grassroots, we hope to facilitate sharing of grassroots people’s life with the environment to the rest of the world. Combining technology with powerful social expressions, Radio Sangharsh aims to create a platform that will provoke and enlarge the debate around the right of indigenous people on forests. Read more...