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Sardar Sarovar Oversight Group Violating its Terms of Reference

Dear friends,

Here is a petition calling out the blatant inconsistencies in the government's claims about the Oversight Group's work, using it as a pretext to continue construction. Please click the link to read the full petition and sign.

http://petitions.aidindia.org/sample_surveys/

Sardar Sarovar Oversight Group Violating its Terms of Reference
Prime Minister Must Recall Group and Halt dam's Construction

Summary:  The Terms of Reference and responsibilities of the Sardar Sarovar Relief and Rehabilitation Oversight Group (OSG) appointed by the Prime Minister of India were to "undertake sample checks to ascertain the facts of rehabilitation"  However the Additional Solicitor General informed the Supreme Court that the sample checks would not be conducted.  OSG has also not discussed or recorded any decisions regarding conducting sample-checks.  Sample checking of Narmada valley villages for rehabilitation problems should not take more than 5-7 days.  However the OSG is exceeding its terms of  reference and instead of surveying samples is planning on surveying each and everyone of the 35,000 or so families. This will take upto Jue 19 and meanwhile the dam will be built to 121.9 mts putting thousands of families in the submergece zone.  Critical time has been lost by the OSG to actually act on its terms of reference that could have come up with a quick assessment like the one made by the Prof Soz led Group of Ministers. We urge the Prime Minister to take cognizance and recall the OSG and call halt to the costruction of the Sardar Sarovar dam since rehabilitation assessment by sample-checks up to 121.9 mts has not been carried out by the OSG. We urge the National Sample Survey Orgaization to actually survey samples and come with a quick assessment in 5-7 days by May 17th 2006.   We  urge the  chair and members of the OSG to  listen to their inner voice, apologize and if they deem fit resign for violating their Terms of Reference.
 
Changing numbers of project affected families!

CHANGING NUMBERS OF PAFs IN OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS:

GAME OF NUMBERS IN SARDAR SAROVAR CONTINUES!

 

Changing Numbers at 110.64 metres

 

Reference

Total PAFs

(3 states)

Total PAFs in M.P.

No. of villages affected in M.P.

No. of PAFs resettled in M.P.

Balance for rehabilitation in M.P.

1

2

3

4

5

6

1. Status report as on 31.12.2005 (Ref: The Hindu 29.4.2006)

27934

21693

143

8860**

13233

2. Status of R&R as on 7.4.2006 (Annexure 2 in UOI’s application)

13407

7166

104

7166**

0

3. Agenda notes for 52nd meeting of R&R Sub-group of NCA, Feb 2002

18240

12681

135

12681

Not given

4. Minutes of 54th meeting of R&R Sub-group, Nov 2002

18240**

12681

99

-

-

5. Half yearly status report of NCA on R&R, June 2003

13965

8406**

-

-

-

6. Status of R&R (Summary Progress) as updated as of Feb 2006 from SSNNL website

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

** The minutes also report that the number will change after declaration of Awards which were remaining to be done for agricultural land in 8 villages and abadi in 21 villages

 

 

Changing Numbers at 121.92 metres

 

Reference

Total PAFs

(3 states)

Total PAFs in M.P.

No. of villages affected in M.P.

No. of PAFs resettled in M.P.

Balance for rehabilitation in M.P.

1

2

3

4

5

6

1. Status report as on 31.12.2005

36921

28742

177

17197

11545

2. Status of R&R as on 7.4.2006 (Annexure 2 in UOI’s application)

31500

23322

177

23322

0

3. Agenda notes for 52nd meeting of R&R Sub-group of NCA, Feb 2002

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

4. Minutes of 54th meeting of R&R Sub-group, Nov 2002

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

5. Half yearly status report of NCA on R&R, June 2003

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

6. Status of R&R (Summary Progress) as updated as of Feb 2006 from SSNNL website

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

 

Changing Numbers at 138.68 metres

 

Reference

Total PAFs

(3 states)

Total PAFs in M.P.

No. of villages affected in M.P.

No. of PAFs resettled in M.P.

Balance for rehabilitation in M.P.

1

2

3

4

5

6

1. Status report as on 31.12.2005

41440

33014

193

18505

1450

2. Status of R&R as on 7.4.2006 (Annexure 2 in UOI’s application)

51447

43021

192

25004

18505

3. Agenda notes for 52nd meeting of R&R Sub-group of NCA, Feb 2002

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

4. Minutes of 54th meeting of R&R Sub-group, Nov 2002

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

Not given

5. Half yearly status report of NCA on R&R, June 2003

40963

33014**

-

-

-

6. Status of R&R (Summary Progress) as updated as of Feb 2006 from SSNNL website

51445

43021

240

-

-

 

Comments:

 

  1. This indicates that the total number of PAFs at each height itself is changing even beyond the controversy over temporarily and permanently affected families, which was settled by the Supreme Court judgement of 2005.

When the total number of PAFs has increased by 10,000 families, then how can it be that the total number of families below 110 and 122 metres has been reduced, and the increase is only for families between 122 and 138 metres (full proposed dam height)??

 
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