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Statement on the Illegitimate and Inappropriate Use Money Bills and Finance Bills

More than 200 concerned citizens have expressed concern on the classification of the Finance Bill, 2017 as a "Money Bill" and appealed to Vice President Hamid Ansari. The statement is reproduced below:

Greenpeace Ban: Violation of Rights

(The following are extracts from an open letter sent to the Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, protesting against the decision to freeze Greenpeace India’s accounts.) The move by the central government to freeze Greenpeace India’s bank accounts and block sources of funds, is a blatant...

'We Oppose the Death Penalty'

We, concerned citizens and organisations from different walks of life and with different world views, are united in opposing the death penalty and ­demanding its repeal in India. Though meant only for the rarest of rare crimes, the death penalty is widely being applied to an ever-increasing array...


The ongoing POSCO Steel project in Odisha is infamous for several illegalities: tree-felling, grabbing forest-dwellers’ land, incomplete assessment and deliberate concealment of facts, seizing natural resources without requisite MoU and environment clearance, beating, arresting and killing those...

Unacceptable Cost of Dams

Hussain Master, Suniti S R, Rajendra Ravi, Ramakrishna Raju, Anand Mazgaonkar, Vimal Bhai, Madhuresh Kumar National Alliance of People's Movements

Hyderabad Metro

Ee would like to demand that the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) project be subjected to a rigorous scrutiny on environmental and economic aspects. The HMR has been one of the most controversial mega projects in public-private partnership (PPP) being pushed by the Government of India and Government of...

Industrialisation for the People, by the People, of the People

Those who oppose the current pattern of high growth are often branded as anti-development. In this article two well-known dissenters state why they oppose the present mode of industrialisation in India and set out an alternative path, starting with a few practical steps.

Sanjay Sangvai

Sanjay Sangvai is no more. Two decades of his work with the Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements, as well as his contributions through organisations like Abhivyakti and the National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS) have shown that Sanjay was an activist with...

Urban Renewal: At Whose Cost?

Maharashtra's draft housing policy seems to cater more to the builder lobby than the poor. In order to ensure shelter for all, the provisions of the Urban Land Ceiling and Regulation Act must be strictly implemented, basti sabhas on the lines of gram sabhas must be set up and poor localities should be treated not as encroachments but as service guilds.

The People s Policy on Development, Displacement and Resettlement-Need to Link Displacement and Development

compensation, although it is important. Efforts have also to be made to improve the work environment, These are totally lacking. The proposed new pay-scales have further widened the gap in the emoluments of college teachers and teachers in the school systems, Even teachers of junior colleges, who were part of the college teachers' movement till recently, do not stand td gain anything. To improve the standards of education, the working conditions' including salary structures, of teachers in other sectors of education also have to be improved. But there is no move to co-ordinate the actions of different teachers1 movements. Teachers at the secondary level in Maharashtra are planning an agitation for parity of pay with central schools and deserve support from all other teachers.
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