The National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements (NAPM), an alliance of progressive people’s organizations and movements in India, has urged Maharashtra Governor K R Shankarnarayan to permit legal action agaisnt former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on the basis of CBI report on Adarsh Society scam without any discrimination.
Medha Patkar and others from NAPM in a letter to the Governor demanded to recommend the Chief Minister, strict action against the offenders, as also of demolition or acquisition of the illegal structure and other related decisions in Adarsh.
They also asked to take a stand on the housing rights of the poor slum dwellers and stop brutal eviction till issues are resolved with an immediate dialogue, on their proposal and demands, involving the Chief Minister and Governor’s mediation, at the earliest. They said Governor should advice the State against planned forcible demolition urgently please.
They said that they were writing this letter with deep anguish and shock felt on reading in the media about his denial of permission to file FIR against Ashok Chavan, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, based on the CBI report on ‘Adarsh’.
According to them, ‘Adarsh’ case and the CBI report, the first one implicating such senior politician and bureaucrats is certainly a tip of the iceberg and hence needs to be taken seriously. There is no doubt that what is brought out through the CBI report in the minimum of illegality and irregularity involved in the case.
Much more may come up later through the case filed by NAPM, based on the documents under Right to Information Act, collected by their colleague, and is typical of what is happening in the arena of allotment of land as well as houses, by various government agencies in Maharashtra.
Whichever may be the department and agency involved, the higher ups, going against law, grab the land and/or house, thereby depriving the needy persons and sections of their rights, they added.
NAPM deplored that violation of Environmental laws and various acts and notifications as also judgments of the Apex Court has become a common practice in the country and with monitoring of the same being weak and infrequent, destruction of the natural eco-system as well as shelter of families and communities living on those has become rampant.
NAPM struggles across India against injustice and several other discrimination. It led protest on various issues like anti-globalization, anti nuclear movement and electoral reforms.