INDIA: Support Narmada Bachao Andolan, Demand Release of Jha Commission Report

Dear Friends, 

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from the Narmada Bachao Andolan demanding access to the Jha Commission Report and to ensure complete Resettlement & Rehabilitation (R&R) before the monsoons for the people in Madhya Pradesh who will be adversely affected due to the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat. 

For more information, please contact: Bilal Khan ( or Madhuresh Kumar ( of the Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements. 

Thank you. 
Urgent Appeals Desk 
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) 
Support Narmada Bachao Andolan, Demand Release of Jha Commission Report 

Dear Saathi,

It’s been three long struggle filled decades since the people of the Narmada valley have been nonviolently opposing the Sardar Sarovar Dam. Thirty years! And the construction of the dam continues with the new height of the dam nearing completion. As we approach the Monsoon, two hundred families are faced with the threat of submergence. And just like thousands before, these families, living in the submergence zone, will lose their fields, villages, panchayats, and towns.
From, April 27 to 29th, thousands gathered in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh in a “Chetavani Upwas” with a set of demands for the state and centre. Solidarity actions were held in Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar, Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Mumbai, and other places. Many sent their solidarity messages to us…

We have to keep the pressure on and keep the momentum going, as Monsoon approaches…

Sign our petition to the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.

The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) has challenged the government’s false affidavits on the question of complete Rehabilitation & Resettlement and exposed the massive corruption involved in the process. Through our petition, the Madhya Pradesh High Court constituted a Commission of Enquiry under Justice S.S. Jha (Jha Commission). The Jha Commission submitted its report after nearly 7 years of detailed hearings into cases of corruption involving influential people, and accepted the massive fraud to tune of Rs. 1,000 crores.

But now we have been denied access to the Report! The state of Madhya Pradesh has challenged our access to this report of enquiry in the Courts citing privilege of the state assembly.
We urgently demand that the
• Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh makes the Jha Commission Report public and sends guilty officials to jail NOW; 
• Prime Minister ensures complete R&R before this monsoon, and till then stops construction of the dam. 

In three decades of struggle, we have succeeded in getting 14,000 adivasis, dalit farmers, and their families, land and due R&R, especially in Gujarat and Maharashtra. But Madhya Pradesh is a different story. Only 40 to 50 displaced families have been allotted land. Even today, 40,000 families live in the submergence zone. The Madhya Pradesh government has constantly fudged the backwater level data and thereby kept many people out of the numbers of project affected people, thereby denying them their due R&R share – initially 4,374 families and then another 15,900 families. Such action is both unscientific and illegal. These villages that lie in the submergence zone are full of life and activity with houses, panchayats, temples, masjids, shops, markets, and lakhs of trees, which cannot be submerged without proper resettlement. Not providing adequate resettlement would violate the Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal and the Supreme Court judgments of 1992, 2000, and 2005.

In addition to signing the petition you can:
• Write directly to the Prime Minister of India, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, and Minister of Water Resources, and press for our demands;
• Organise solidarity actions, programmes, discussions wherever you are – in schools, colleges, streets, villages, cities, and so on;
• Take to social media, post solidarity messages, postcards, memes, or whatever it takes to create the buzz and pressure on authorities to act;
• Volunteer with us for weeks, months, or years and be a part of the movement.
• For latest updates and news follow / / twitter @narmadabachao

The Narmada Bachao Andolan has survived on the support and cooperation from the people and, in the future too, we need your continued support on various fronts. We are sure you will be there for us.
Sign the petition here:


Medha Patkar
For the Narmada Bachao Andolan

Thank you.
Urgent Appeals Programme

Document Type : Forwarded Urgent Appeal
Document ID : AHRC-FUA-003-2016
Countries : India,