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Agitation by Sardar Sarovar Project oustees in Gujarat enters 7th day
The agitation by the Sardar Sarovar Project oustees in Gujarat has entered the 7th day. Hundreds of adivasis from various resettlement sites as well as farmers and other oustees from Nimar of Madhya Pradesh who have shifted to Gujarat are sitting before the Resettlement Office in Keodia Colony.
Not less than 50 women from affected families have taken to the relay fast from this morning along with 50 men. Women in colourful sarees with voices raised are challenging the officials and government of Gujarat against the unjust and unfair rehabilitation.

According to a release, the oustees are also upset as the Gujarat government has prepared a list of 1000 project affected families whose land they are to take back claiming that they were given the benefits without eligibility.

As the authorities started evicting people like Natwar Sama of R&R site Sandola, the people have taken to agitation. They have issued a statement to the effect that they will join the agitation if there is no dialogue and demands are not accepted.

The people are also receiving support from political parties like Congress, JD (U )and Tiger Sena. The agitation has also gained strength since the people from 6 villages affected by the Project Colony since 1961, and other 70 villages that are affected by the new tourism project, have also joined the reservoir affected people.

The oustees have asserted that there should not be closing of the gates of Sardar Sarovar dam and further submergence of original villages as well as villages in MP and Maharashtra where there are much larger number of families are still residing till their issues are resolved.

The oustees of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are to participate in each other's struggles when the jal-jameen Satyagraha is to start on 30th July at Rajghat, Badwani in Madhya Pradesh.

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