Posts Tagged ‘Aurobindo Pharma’
One more farmer lost his life on the altar of SEZ development in Polepally !
Ramulu Goud (48) of Rapally village passed away today. He lost his piece of land in Polepally village. He could not take further pain and loss of hope reducing him from a farmer to a helpless beneficiary of the mercy of SEZ lords and APIIC officials. Depression claimed his life. Read the rest of this entry »
- By M. Rajeev
Telugu Desam Party seeks white paper on land allocation
POLEPALLI (Mahbubnagar Dt.): The Telangana Rashtra Samiti and the Left parties have threatened to block production at Hetero Drugs and Aurobindo Pharma units which were allotted land in the Special Economic Zone here pending payment of adequate compensation to farmers who “sacrificed” their lands for the project.
The main Opposition, Telugu Desam, demanded that the government release a white paper on the allotment of lands made to various industries and the employment potential created.
- Sujatha Surepally
Not a day passes by without Polepally issue being featured in the media. Some of these news are about the Polepally SEZ fighters and few are also about how govt. and petty leaders are trying to weaken the agitation.
The Mahabubnagar district Collector is hell bent upon distributing Rs. 70,000 – a part of the hurriedly stitched ‘rehabilitation Package’ after Polepally farmers organized a public hearing (Jan Sunwai) in August. She is using all her tactics to lure the farmers and dilute their fighting spirit. It should be remembered here that Polepally farmers have rejected this so called ‘Rehabilitation Package’ simply because the only thing that the govt is giving them under this ‘package’ is a lease-hold on 200 SQ. Yds of land and Rs. 70,000 to construct a house. The ‘Package’ is a classic case of how far govt’s rehabilitation packages are from reality. None of the Polepally farmers lost their houses for this SEZ. Almost all of them have houses. No one understands why these farmers are given money to construct houses within the SEZ site. It should also be noted that the Pharma companies coming up in the SEZ cause a lot of pollution. And asking these farmers to stay beside such polluting factories is nothing but sadism.
Polepally Bhu Satyagraham held from 25th September to 2nd October, 2008 was a remarkable experience to the farmers affected by the SEZ in many ways and also to those who had come to Polepally to join the agitation in solidarity.
It gave us lot of confidence and helped get people’s support. There were many volunteers to work, and some resource constraints. Friends made contributions in different ways. At least, we were able to provide one meal. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed monetarily or extended their solidarity in other forms.
The agitation against Polepally land acquisition which has been going on for the past 4 years has entered a decisive phase. Polepally farmers have used all forms of democratic protests to make their case heard. They have organized dharnas in front of MRO office, District Collector’s office and also APIIC head office in Hyderabad. In a novel protest form, 13 Polepally farmers have contested the recent Telangana Assemby By-election.
From a stage where no one took notice of their agitation, Polepally has now reached a stage where every major political party, newspaper and television channel started supporting and extending solidarity to
The farmers have now decided to organize a Bhu Satyagraham in front of the Pharma SEZ (being set up by APIIC with partnership of Aurobindo Pharma and Hetero Drugs) from the 25th of September 2008. This is going to be an indefinite protest until the farmers’ demands are met.
- To scrap the Polepally SEZ and return the land to original land owners
- To compensate for the crop loss and the agony caused in the past 4 years
- To prosecute all the erring beaurocrats and public representatives who are involved in this land acquisition
Polepally SEZ Vyathireka Aikya Vedika requests everyone to extend their solidarity to this struggle.
Visited Polepally today with Vanaja and Vipul. Both are making documentary film of the struggle process. Their interest is inspiring. They plan to make a film of the struggle challenging the SEZ lords by people who are not sure of next meal. It will be a story of resistance movements in India. An account of heroic people’s challenge to globalization that’s making our society numb like killer tsunami.
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Today farmers held a dharna (protest) in front of RDO office with the so called ‘house pattas’ thrust on them on Saturday. About hundred villagers threw the ‘pattas‘ (land deeds) and told the officials that they cannot be cheated with cheap tricks.
The patta of house sites are in the name of APIIC. According to the deed, the farmers cannot sell these house sites or gift to anyone, they are not the owners of the house sites. They are at the mercy of the APIIC forever and have to live there as witness to the mushti (alms) of the APIIC. Houses will be constructed the way APIIC likes to build. Read the rest of this entry »
Pictures from Polepally SEZ. The Andhra Pradesh State government has forcibily acquired about 1000 acres of farm land from poor, illiterate dalit and tribal farmers for setting up an SEZ. These are some pictures telling their stories.
The Andhra Pradesh government has forcibly acquired land allotted to landless Dalits for an SEZ, reports MANSHI ASHER
Courtesy: Tehelka Magazine
“We, Polepalli SEZ Vyathireka Aikya Sanghatana are contesting these elections as we find all political groups have cheated the poor farmers and are responsible for their deaths. All political parties are silent on this major crime that’s taking the lives of people in the name of the SEZ.”
THESE ARE the opening lines of a press note issued by a group of 13 Dalits — three of them women — of Polepally village in Andhra Pradesh’s (India) Mahbubnagar district, who stood as independent candidates in the recently held by-election for the Jadcherla Assembly. So why 13 separate candidates? Did they actually expect to rake in any votes at all? Twenty-five-year-old Srinivas, to whom this question was posed, was prompt in his response, “The idea was not to win. The idea was to spread the message that we had no faith in the existing leaders and parties. We also wanted to split the votes of the dominant parties who are responsible for the state our people are in today”. It was probably one of the most audacious and creative strategies that a grassroots movement has used in recent times to challenge existing power structures.
The Comptroller and Auditor General’s report for year 2007 has severely criticised the Andhra Pradesh state government for misleading the central government with respect to the Polepally (Jadcherla) Pharma SEZ. The report validates the claim of protesting Polepally farmers that the state government has not acted in a transparent manner in land acquisition for this SEZ.