Archives for Tribals

Illegitimate Tender of Tendu Leaf Collection Centre

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I am Jagnarayan Shah from Village Amelia, Post karsualal, Tehsil mada, Dist- Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. Forest department has illegally given the tender of Budher Tendu leaf collection centre to Bhajandhari Singh who is not even the resident of the Budher village. The villagers of Budher village do not want Bhajandhari Singh to be given the contract of Tendu Leaf collection .With regard to this we have given our application to DFO and Ranger for an immediate termination of this contract. I am requesting the listeners of Radio Sangharsh to act on and create the pressure on the forest department

Call to report – Ranger- 9753262352 Local Nodal officers -9165331267.

Discrepancy in allotment of Tendu Leaf Collector

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I am Anita Kushwaha from Village Budher, Post Jamghadi, Tehsil Sarai, Dist- Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. The local Leaf collection centre is under Dhajandhari Kushwaha S/O Ramadheen Kushwaha who is not the resident of this village and also not even a part of voter’s list. He was elected as Sarpanch of Singrahi panchayat and he is a resident of Parkhuri village. We don’t want him to operate for the tendu leaf collection centre. We would like to transfer this to local villagers. Last year the collection center was under Bhajandhari Kushwaha and we want him back in the collection center. We have submitted an application to DFO and Ranger on 13th May 2015. I request to the listeners of Radio Sangharsh to support our demand.
call to report -Ranger- 9753262352 Local Nodal officers -9165331267,

 

Indian Government crackdown on Green Activist Priya Pillai

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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!

 

Tribal’s complaints are ignored by Manda police station

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“Manda Police Station has and its Station in Charge haven’t been taking any action on Tribal people’s complaints. Many illiterate tribal have filed complaints on fraud, But no investigation or proceedings took place on the reports. I demand that the Govt takes strict action on such officers and bring justice for the Tribal people.”

Call Santraj at 8964867223 to know more details on Manda police neglecting the Tribal’s reports
Report to District Magistrate Raghuraj MR at 07805-234541 and email – dmsingrauli@mp.gov.in
Report this to Amarsingh Uike (Officer Tribal Affairs- Singruali)- 9425890258
Report this to Commissinour of Tribal Affairs Ashish Upadhyay- 9425040333 and email- tribal@mp.nic.in

Coal Mining Without Compensation & Clearances

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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.

Collector met Mahan villagers, announced Gramsabha to decide the future of the forest

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Hardayal Singh Gond (Vil. Amelia, Dst. Singrauli, MadhyaPradesh):

“On 21st July 2014, District Magistrate (Collector) of Singrauli invited Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS) and Mahan Vikas Manch to discuss what the villagers want regarding the forest and mining. Collector told the villagers that they could get ‘mouza’ somewhere in the forest area and compensation. But, we from MSS cleared our stand on forest and rights. We told the collector that until in a Gramsabha we get our Community Forest Rights implemented under the Forest Rights Act 2006; we won’t let any company work in the forest, we don’t want any compensation against the forest.
Collector finally said that we could only come to a decision on this through a Gramsabha. In the Gramsabha, whichever side (forest or mining) the majority of villagers would take, would determine the future of Mahan.”

Call Hardayal at 08359820620 to know more about the meeting with District Magistrate.

‘Development’, who do you serve? Not us, for sure!

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JAGNARAYAN (Mahan Sangharsh Samiti member) from AMELIA, SINGRAULI, MADHYA PRADESH -
“We heard about the IB report from media. I reject the report’s allegation that  Greenpeace is a hindrance to our economic growth, as false! Development means progress that is for all!

Right now in India, the word ‘development’ only helps businessmen and city dwellers to ‘grow’ more. But it is us, the village dwellers, who have to deal with the ugly side to it. We get displaced and have no where to go, our livelihoods are snatched away from us, we are expected to make life changing sacrifices! After losing everything, we have to live with dust, unbearable pollution, a destroyed environment resulting in adverse health effects on our fellow villagers.

Our rights and needs are ruthlessly trampled over. In this environment of despair, Greenpeace has been supporting and working to enforce community forest rights on Mahan forest for the villagers. This is as per 2006-2007 Forest Rights Act.
There is necessity for organisations like Greenpeace in our co- to spread awareness, safeguard the rights and livelihood of us poor, to protect the environment from destruction. Greenpeace is not one to function for money or political motives. They are doing a great job”

Appeal to the PMO for “acche din” in Mahan

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Jagnarayan Shah, a member of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti with hope of justice from the new government, conveys this message to the Prime Minister, Union Tribal Minister and the Tribal welfare department :
“ I am a resident of Mahaan forest area. The forest is the only source of  livelihood of the people residing here. It gives us Mahua, Tendu, Chironji, wood for cooking and supporting village huts, different herbs, medicines etc. making the villagers self-sufficient and with all the resources required for living. But Essar, Hindalco, Mahan Coal Limited and other corporations are trying to snatch it from the people. Bribed local administrators are thrashing villager’s rights everyday. Here, the Community Forest Rights hasn’t been implemented. Social workers and other villagers who try to protect these people’s rights are thrown to jail on the basis fake cases.
We are fighting non-violently to save our forest and we will keep on fighting for it because if it is wiped deforested, we will lose everything.
I appeal to the new Government to make these companies evacuate the forest so that we could live peacefully, ‘jisse hum sabke acche din baney rahen’. And I don’t only hope but believe it strongly that you (the government), keeping in view- the livelihood of the Mahan people, will make the companies leave Mahan. Zindabad!”

Help to bring Acche Din for Mahan, Call to Mr. Jual Oram ( Minister  Of Tribal Affairs) 23388482(O), 23381499(O),23070577(FAX), 24625800(FAX)
Dr.Rameshwar Oraon Chairperson (National Commission for Scchedule Tribe) 24635721, 2462462(Fax) 09868180394(R) 011-26119495(R)
Mail:chairperson@ ncst.nic.in
Tell this to Your Prime Minister Narendra Modi http://pmindia.nic.in/interact_with_pm.php

The dismayed faces of Mahan!

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Avinash Chanchal form Mahan Sangharsh Samiti is reporting the dismay of local people. The Tendu season has arrived and people are busy now collecting the tendu leaves. Every evening, these people, after collecting the tendu leaves, go to “Van Samities” and get their leaves counted. This season the people going to collect tendu, are sad and troubled as the Government has given their forest for coal mining. Mahan forest, which is the source of fresh air, water, firewood, medicines, Tendu, Chiraunji and Mahua, will be destroyed if the mining starts. It will also destroy the livelihood of the thousands of the people dependent on the forest.
Mr. Avinash is requesting the Government of India and the Madhya Pradesh administration to stop this from happening and save the lives.
More more details, call Avinash at 08359826363

Villagers are robbed off their forest, warned by cops against protesting!

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Raghunath Singh (Vil. Godwani, M.P) is reporting about the destruction of people’s livelihood in his village. The Mahua, Sarai and Tendu trees, the produces of which people earn from and survive on, are being cut by the company. The administration and the government, altogether, are breaking the backbones of the poor people as- when people raise their voice, they warn that the villagers would not get either of the plot or the compensation and also might be jailed. The people have no clue on how to deal with it. People have been living here since ages, they earn from this forest and don’t want to leave it. Apart from trashing the forest, the companies have erected towers on either sides of Raghunath’s house which, 24*7 , produces such loud and irritating noise that people can’t  take the fingers off their ears.
“But”, Raghunath says, “we are still living here and we will continue living here and here only.” He requests the Radio Sangharsh listeners to spread his message to every nook and corner of India. Raghunath is from Mithaura tola of Godwani village, P.O. Karsualal, P.S.- Sarai, Tehsil and district- Singrauli of Madhya Pradesh.

Call the DFO @ 9425793525 and ask an explanation to this threats given to villagers Fax-268617
To know more, Call Raghunath Singh-7771026955

Public protest demanding arrested activist Bechanlal’s release

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Vivek Goyal reporting from Waidhan -  On 19th May, 2014, the people of Mahan Area came together to protest against the continued detention of Bechanlal Shah, a member of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti, and  the increasing police & administration’s heavy-handed treatment of the social workers. The protest was held peacefully in front of the district headquarters of Collector, Singrauli.
This was an aftermath of 7th May when the Bandhaura Police along with the Mada Police, did an illegal raid at the guesthouse of Greenpeace and arrested 4 members of the Mahan Sangharsh Samiti without any clearance. Out of the 4 arrested members, 3 were released on bail, but Bechanlal Shah’s detention continues.
This arrest of the members of the Samiti sowed a seed of angst in the people of this area against the police administration. The Samiti said- “for last 3 months, Police has been delaying to take our FIR against the signature forgery at gram sabha. But when it comes to arrest the activists for protecting forest, cases against us get lodged in no time! This makes it clear that the administration is trying to suppress public voice against the coal miners and the corporate. Member from Adivasi Visthapit Ekta Manch said, “Its ironic how the saviour of people are against them and are trying to protect the corporate industries.”
The people at the protest pledged to protect the forest from these corporates and local administration, so that the earth in future, could be a safe place to live in. For more details call Vivek- 07838034549

70 villagers stopped marking of the trees in Mahan forest

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Vivek Goyal reporting from Waidhan. On 5th May, people from the company were marking the trees and their working area in the forest. 70 villagers went to stop this. The police came by then and asked the villagers to let the marking continue. But the villagers told that they would continue resisting because this 2nd stage clearance is given based on 1125 forged signatures in the Gramsabha on 6th March, 2013 (whereas the actual number of villagers present in the Gramsabha was only 184). Villagers say that this 2nd stage clearance is a against the Forest Right Act 2006. Thus, the govt and administration supporting the company is actually a violation of the rights of villagers, tribal and dalits. After a while, the company people and police left their equipments in the forest and went away. Later, the villagers submitted the equipments at Bandhora police station. ‘Sangharsh jaari rahega’
For more updates, call Vivek @ 08966002527

Forest department officials asking for bribe

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Budhlal SIngh Khairwar, a tribal from Budher,Singrauli,MP has been collecting Mahua for generations now. The Mahua collection earns him his livelihood. He reports that the local Beat Guard Dinesh Ratnakar asked Budhlal to pay a certain bribe of Rs 2000 if Budhlal wanted to continue his job. Budhlal had no choice but to pay the Beat Guard with his hard earned money to continue his Mahua collection this season. Budhlal now appeals to the Radio Sangharsh community to spread this report and take action to get him justice.
Call the DFO S.K Singh @ +91 9424793525 and demand action on this corrupt official.
Call Hon.Lokayukt, Mr. Prakash Prabhakar Naolekar – 0755 2540935 and report the corruption FAX- 07552538809 ,  or email- lokayuktmp@yahoo.in
For more details on Budhlal’s plight, call +91 8966002527

Baiga tribe under threat of losing their livelihood

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Baiga tribe is completely dependent on Mahan forest for their livelihood. They collect Mahua, Tendu leaves and other important forest produces and earn by selling these in the local market. But now the government is planning to give this forest to companies for coal mining. With others, Baigas are opposing the coal mining and company’s plans in his area in so that their tribe survive in the future. Vivek Goyal is reporting from village Kiraha, Singrauli. You can contact Vivek at 8966002527

हम आदिवासी एकता अपना बनाये रहे,

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A poem by Rajlal (Mahan Sangharsh Samiti)

हम आदिवासी एकता अपना बनाये रहे,
आगे कदम बढ़ाये रहे,
पीछे हाथ कर नहीं जायेंगे,
आगे हाथ बढ़ाये, हरा झंडा लहराया.

Rajlal is from Village Khanuakhas, District Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh.

You can contact him – 7746931780

Govt’s neglect to Birhor Tribe

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J.M. Rangeela (District Bokaro, Jharkhand) is reporting about the bad condition of the houses and Govt neglect towards the Birhor tribal community living in village Dongri, Bihar (Block Gomia, District Bokaro, Jharkhand). There are 89 people from 21 families are living there. Their homes are in very shabby condition which can collapse any time. Governments is said have spent lakhs for improving tribal people’s lives, but here, there is no sign of welfare currently. Government built their house in 1989-90 but now their homes are in such bad conditions that they can collapse anytime. They are also not getting full ration, at least 2 Kgs less rice than what they are supposed to get from Govt. Lakhan Mahato, President of Kishan Sabha and secretory Vijay Mahato have informed the block offices about these issues, but government official looks busy in other work nobody seems to have any concerns or time for the Birhor people. The people are demanding that the Govt need to build new houses for the Birhor tribe and support other rightful facilities for them.

You can contact J.M Rangeela for more details– 8877185940