More than 25000 people took part in a rally organised by Jan Sangharsh Samiti and other groups from Chattisgarh against the Special Economic Zone and Land acquisition. The agitation began because the farmers lands were transferred to Jindal Steel Power Limited by the Chattisgarh Government without any prior consultation with the farmers.
People from various districts of Chattisgarh mainly from Jashpur, Raigarh, Bilaspur, Raipur, Bastar and from various other cities and states including Ranchi, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh gathered at Jashpur for a mass rally and public meeting on 23 March 2009.
The main issues/demands by the farmers:
- the hydro power plant in 4 Gram panchayats, displacement due to industrialisation.
- against Special Economic Zone Act
- Land Acquisition without prior information and consultation from the peoples.
- against the rehabilitation policy which is not yet declared.
- against the violation of law and constitution by not implementing Forest Rights Act.
People assembled at Gamharia chowk and the rally took place via Collectarate office, Citi jail road, Maharaja Chowk and the public meeting was held at Balram Chowk. Slogan like: “Loha Nahi Zameen Chahiye“, “Jindal Bhagao Zameen Bachao” were said by the farmers.
Representatives from various organisations and inidividuals addressed the public meeting among these some of the representatives are: Pravin Patel -Orissa, Sudha Bharadwaj – Bilaspur, Dr. Harihar patel – Tamnar, Arti Kujur – Jharkhand, Jayant Pahira , Lakhan Sahu, Rajesh Tripathi – Raigarh, Smt. Rajim Bai – Dalit Adivasi Manch Pithora, Smt. Indu Netam – Jeevan Suraksha Sangathan Bastar, Kumud Nagdev, Gautam Bandhopadhyay – Nadi Ghati Morcha, Smt. Manju Gardia – PSA, Mamta Kujur- Adivasi Mahila Mahasangh, Ashok Chawdhury – NFFPFW and Roma- Kaimur.
See the photographs and the video of the rally below:
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See the footage of the rally: