Over the last two days, various issues were raised by the Andolan and discussed with District Collector. These issues include impact of submergence, land-based rehabilitation, forest rights including common property rights, and also displacement due to seven medium projects, diversion of river water to non adivasis families, which has been opposed by Gram Sabhas in every tributary valley.
On September 3, at 11pm, the Collector brought a letter and addressed the meeting assuring action on issues, which were discussed with the Andolan. Summary of the agreement between the authorities and the Andolan were :
The Satyagrahis have exposed the falsehood in the number of balance families yet to be rehabilitated. While Narmada Control Authority (NCA) report showed balance to be zero. The figure, prima-facie calculated shows it to be above 1500 in Maharashtra.
Various amenities – health, jetty, solar lamps are to be provided to villages on the Narmada Bank and rehabilitation sites, as per detailed decision taken.
Enquiry into corruption discovered in NREGA, 2 Crores in 8 villages and few crores in 3 other villages, where social audit was conducted years back will lead to concrete action planned.
73 forest villages will become revenue and the process is expected to be completed by October 1st week. NBA has finished all documents, explaining the legal and illegal process on this during last one a half decade.
The Medium projects, where 20 crores, as opposed to, planned 6 crores to be spent on survey and plans itself, are challenged by the Andolan. Those dams on the tributaries of Narmada, and as agreed by the Collector, can't proceed unless the due democratic, consultative process is carried out at the Gram Sabhas level.
Jeevanshalas will be provided grains at concessional BPL rates; beginning October 2nd, as per Government of Maharashtra.
These decisions are a major step ahead. However, the Andolan has warned the District and State administration through them that in the situation of no implementation of any major decision especially 'No sanction by Maharashtra to raising the height of the Sardar Sarovar', 'full & fair land based rehabilitation of all the dam oustees adivasis,' there will be an intensified Jamin Hakk Satyagrah very soon.