Tuesday, May 3, 2011



therovy visti yesterday- nothing has stopped. company has hired people from neighbourging village at Rs 400 per day wage for women and 600 per day for men.   

most water bodies inside sipcot park destroyed according to villagers. an engineer has died inside, and now there is greater awareness and unrest in neighbouring village. petition has been submitted by people to jairam ramesh. which traces the hisotry of the struggle. what i posted was only a snapshot of current situation. further, some truths were mising, two women said that their gold mangalsutra was taken away during police assault. for you and me mangalsutra may not be important, but for the women it was a violation of thier dignity and feelings.  

please visit face book save thervoy. i will be going to napm/nuf office and we will be posting every day, including letter to jairam ramesh where we have targeted the state and not NGO.     

phone call came to me from market research company yesterday asking what is our next plan of action. I passed it to arul we did not disclose, but asked them to come and join the protest or contribute financially. there is a bank account opened by the villagers, for cases are pending not against 8 as i mentioned but around 50 

Arul Doss, Youth representative, National Alliance of people's Movement his phone: 9962361777.  

more press you can send the better. junor vikadan came yesterday.  

--- On Sun, 1/5/11, ranjani k.murthy <rk_km2000@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: ranjani k.murthy <rk_km2000@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [ZESTCaste] Fwd: URGENT ADVISE
To: "zestcaste" <zestcaste@yahoogroups.com>, ZESTCaste@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, 1 May, 2011, 4:03 PM


we are not clear if stopped. sill going on please contact. 

Arul Doss, Youth representative, National Alliance of people's Movement his phone: 9962361777. 
Mahesh, theryoy Munnera Sangam leader number: 9965350288
 Narmada cced above visited the village yesterday. she has flims. She can be contacted at: 9940686107.
Geeta Ramakirshnan, National Unorganised workers federation involved in this issue can be contaced at 9444050071,
My number: 9940177127
there is a save thervoy on face book

will start again tom. today keeping it switched off.


--- On Thu, 28/4/11, Siddhartha Kumar <mailsiddhartha.k@gmail.com> wrote:

From: Siddhartha Kumar <mailsiddhartha.k@gmail.com>
Subject: [ZESTCaste] Fwd: URGENT ADVISE
To: "zestcaste" <zestcaste@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thursday, 28 April, 2011, 6:17 PM


Friends pls advise/help her. Thanks.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: ranjani k.murthy <rk_km2000@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 5:42 AM
To: dalit siddharta <mailsiddhartha.k@gmail.com>

Dear Sidaharta

do advise me as to which dalit group will take up issue seriously in tn- who  will be there till the issue closes. IS IT WORTH AT ALL TO WRITE TO ANY DALIT MP/SC/ST COMMISSION.  CAN I HAVE YOUR PHONE

I am not longer happy just writing  and going. i want to give them my research time be there till issues close. IPR of what i write should belong to them

please see notes from yesterday visit


Summary of Thervoy village visit 27/4/2011

Met with 40 people, roughly half women, members of Thervoy Graman Munnera Sangam.  What was reported by them as well as PRI secretary is given below:

-          2000 dalit hh, as per ration card 959. Some families are joint families. 90% have agric. Land[1]   which is irrigated through channels from tanks in the village, which will get affected if the SIPCOT proceeds. Some tanks were destroyed.  Of the 90% who had land,   70% had less than two acres, 20% had less than 1 acre and 10% had more than 2 acres.  They take two crops most years,  and only twice in the last 10 years they had to take one crop. They were employed for 9 months in the year in agriculture because of the irriigation. Few went out in search of wage work

-          80% of the households had livestock for which fodder and water came from the grazing land and tanks/ponds. [2]

-          A check dam built by the forest dept. in 1995 in the MekKal  land was already destroyed by the sipcot. This is going to affect water security

-          Of 7 lakes, three have been closed by sipcot.  DURING MY VIIST WITH ARUL NAPM TRUCKS WERE SHIFTING SAND FROM MEKKAL POROMBOKKU LAND    

-          A Draft non judicial agreement was being finalised in 21-12-2008 between forest department and Thervoy Panchayat stating that the Mekal grazing land (shurbs/trees) will be managed by the panchayat (for year 2008-2009). This draft was cancelled. Again copy of this is available and handed over to sipcot.    

-          SIPCOT industry was announced three years back, to be constructed in Mekal grazing land (1025 acres) of the village. It was supposed to be used for Michilen tyre company, brewery  and other purposes.

-          Gram sabha on 15-8-2009 in which majority of the villagers took part did not approve the project as it would affect agriculture, livestock, and affect women in particular who were dependent on the grazing shrubs for fuel, fodder, open defecation, cleaning menstrual cloths. Further it was the watershed area, feeding water into the lakes and pond around. 15 hhs lived in mekkal  land and some had planted cashew trees

-          The PRI is headed by Vani, a dalit but her husband runs the PRI.  In fifteen years, the family  has grown economically. Another Gram sabha was convened by him in secret with 10-15 people approving the project and this was given to the govt. He/Vani  were purchased. 

-          Madhumita Datta filed a RTI on 25/2/2011 and was informed on 24-3-2011 that TN Pollution control board has not issued consent for Establishment to the SIPCOT Industrial Park at Thervoy Kandigai

-          After FAST AND  Medha Patkar's visit the collector agreed to settle in a week, but nothing really happened.  When protests happened, mainly women they were rounded and their saris were pushed off their shoulders by women and men policemen.  Around 8 youthers were charge sheeted, the women were asked to leave after arrest, but they refused till the youth were released. They have come out on bail

-          16 people from therovy were recruited from Therovy Munnetra Mala Sangam - mahesh, kuppan, gautam, gunasundar, kripalandan, thiruvarasu, delhikumR, Silambasan, Muniratnam, Mohan, Arulselvi, Arul , kalpana,, tirpupati gokulan, ligasami, jayalkashmi – by Foundation for Rural Recovery and Development , New delhi and informed that they were going to do a base line of their situation now so that they could document negative impact later.  The questionnaire contained one question do you want sipcot project. They Sangam asked them why do you want this information- we do not want. They removed the question and asked about their livelihood.  The sangam smelt the rat only when an official of this NGO came to the village with HR  manager of Michelin India company, and they chased the NGO out. The report sent by the NGO to NAPM statest that the draft report is not completed, but actually it was not completed because the society chased the orgn. out. THE DRAFT REPORT STATES THAT PEOPLE HAVE LITTLE LAND, LIVESTOCK AND EMPLOYMENT AND HOW THIS SIPCOT WILL HELP CREATE EMPLOYMENT.  

-          Caveat Petition issued on 19th, april 2011 by court of sub court Ponneri stating Thervoy  Grama Makkal munnetra Mala Sangam should not be done on the above matter without notice to Michelin India Tamil Nadu Tyres private limited. The counsel for Caveator is M/S Kochar and co, J sivanandaraj, No 6 Indian Chambers (SICCI) Esplanade Chennai 600018       

-          1500 household of 2000 did have job cards, but were getting 25 days of employment at 50 days mainly women. While they wanted more days of work, they did report that it was not as though they were dependent on mnregs, as they valued their agriculture land and were employed nine months a year (the forrad report finding that people were starved of work did not apply)

-          The NGO FORRAD's report that tanks,  ponds  and irrigated land were not being desilted  was only partly true -, it needs to be asked why MNREGS was not used fully for this (it was used partly) and why Anna Marumlarchi thittam (20 lakh to pri) was not put to this cause. One tank was de-silted, the rest was used for road and burial ground. No gram sabha meeting was held according to the sangam.

-          Educated youth (male and female) met stated clearly that they enjoyed working in their farms- unlike reports that they wanted factory employment.


-          Sadly women reported that one young woman who went to collect fuel had to face a naked man, and came  back. Now they are forced to go in groups of ten

Inspite of these constraints they gave us a generous hot meal, frankly i deserve a meal only if i can do some thing to prevent this


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