Tuesday, January 3, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Indu Mill land issue: Maha NCP hails PM's efforts



Indu Mill land issue: Maha NCP hails PM's efforts
PTI | 09:01 PM,Jan 02,2012

Mumbai, Jan 2 (PTI) Maharashtra NCP today thanked Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh for his intervention in sorting out a dispute over the
Indu Mill land regarding construction of a memorial of Dr Babasaheb
Ambedkar. "We (NCP) thank the Prime Minister for resolving this issue
and paving the way for the construction of the Ambedkar memorial,"
Maharashtra NCP unit president Madhukar Pichad told reporters. The
Prime Minister recently gave an in-principle approval to hand over
entire 12.5 acres of land of now defunct mill, situated in Central
Mumbai, for construction of the memorial of the dalit icon as sought
by dalit activists. The land is currently in possession of the
National Textile Corporation. Dalit activists had forcefully taken
possession of a portion of the mill on December 6 (death anniversary
of Ambedkar), demanding handing over of the entire 12.5 acres of land
for the purpose. NCP had issued a charter of rights in June last year
for the social and economic development of the backward and the
unprivileged class in the society. "This resolution was widely
welcomed by the followers of Dr Ambedkar as the city does not have a
grand memorial to commemorate his ideologies. The Maharashtra Assembly
unanimously passed a resolution for the construction of the memorial,"
Pichad said. One of the prime demands in the charter was construction
of an international memorial of Ambedkar on the 12.5 acres land of
Indu Mills (NTCL) near Chaityabhoomi. Hailing NCP chief Sharad Pawar
for playing a significant role in renaming the Marathwada University
after Babasaheb Ambedkar, Pichad said,"Pawar stands tallest among the
leaders from Maharashtra who have contributed to the social and
economic development of the SCs and STs". PTI MR NSK

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