To save Hasdev Aranya, the tribal villagers of Surguja and Korba walked 300 km to reach Raipur on Wednesday. Here he was to meet Governor Anusuiya Uikey and Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. But this could not happen. The Chief Minister’s Secretariat did not give time to the delegation of pedestrians to meet the CM. On the other hand, less time was available for talks with the Governor, so the Governor himself fixed the time for Thursday by talking.
In the afternoon, before leaving for Ratanpur to visit Mahamaya Mata, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel spoke to reporters at the Raipur Police Line helipad. On the question related to Hasdev Bachao Padyatra, he said, we are talking to everyone who wants to talk. There is no prohibition to anyone, but there was no offer from their side that we will meet. The door is open for everyone who wants to meet. all can be found. Everyone can talk. The problem will be solved only through dialogue.
On reaching Raipur, the convener of Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan, Mandal member Alok Shukla said, “I don’t know if the Chief Minister’s office has not informed about it. On October 8, the Chief Minister’s OSD, Markam ji was called and told that we are reaching Raipur on the 13th. To meet the Chief Minister.
Alok Shukla said that he sought applications on the letter. On the 10th we sent the first letter. It was a photocopy, so he asked for the original and said, cannot give the receiving. After that the original copy of the letter was also sent to him. We also have a copy of that letter. It is very sad that there is no exchange of information in the Chief Minister’s residence itself. Alok Shukla told that the time was given to meet Raj Bhavan at 3 o’clock. We wanted to meet with a delegation of 20 people. The big hall in the Raj Bhavan was not empty. There is a seating arrangement for up to 10 people in the Governor’s Chamber. We also needed a little more time. Therefore, the time for meeting the Governor was fixed on Thursday afternoon.
Congress government also did not implement the promises of Rahul Gandhi
Urmeshwar Singh Armo, president of Hasdeo Aranya Bachao Sangharsh Samiti daily In a conversation with, Rahul Gandhi had come to Madanpur in the year 2015. He had told us in front of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, if you are fighting to save this area, then we are standing with you. After that the Congress government was formed in Chhattisgarh. Even after that, that promise is not being implemented in our area. Approval of coal block is being given by conducting fake gram sabhas in favor of Adani.
Reaching Raipur and reaching the statue of Dr. Ambedkar
The tribal villagers, who left from Surguja and Korba districts on October 4, reached Raipur city at around 3 pm on Wednesday. After entering the city from Bilaspur Road, via Fafadih, Jail Road, he reached the statue of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar located near the Collectorate. Here the statue was garlanded. Slogans and demonstrations continued for a long time here. Later all the people left for Sahu Bhawan of Tikrapara on foot.
Tribal villagers have reached the capital with this demand
All coal mining projects in Hasdeo Aranya area should be canceled.
The land acquisition done under the Coal Bearing Act in Hasdeo Aranya area without the consent of the Gram Sabha should be canceled immediately.
In the Fifth Schedule area, the provisions of compulsory consent from the Gram Sabha should be implemented before the process of land acquisition by any law.
For Parsa coal block, the forest clearance obtained by making a fake proposal by the Gram Sabha should be canceled immediately and the officer and the company who did so should be registered.
Community forest rights and individual forest rights should be recognized in all villages while restoring the revoked community forest rights of Ghatbarra village.
PESA law should be implemented in the scheduled areas.
Villagers will also stage a sit-in on the old pond on Thursday
The villagers changed their schedule due to lack of meeting with the Chief Minister and the Governor. Hasdev Aranya Bachao Sangharsh Samiti will now reach the protest site at Budha Talab on Thursday morning. By demonstrating there, she will try to take her issue to the people of the capital. Everyone will come to Raj Bhavan in the afternoon. Here a delegation of 20 people will go to discuss with Governor Anusuiya Uikey. The people of the committee are also trying to take time to meet the Chief Minister.
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