CPI(M), to oppose Jaitapur nuke project
New Delhi: CPI(M) and other parties,
including scientists and activists, on Sunday came together to
form a national committee to support the struggle against the
Jaitapur nuclear project in Maharashtra.
A 15-member National Committee in Support of Jaitapur
Struggle will have CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, his
CPI counterpart A B Bardhan, former Atomic Energy Regulatory
Board Chairman Dr A Gopalkrishnan and former Union Finance
Secretary S P Shukla as members among others.
"The people of Jaitapur and the surrounding areas in
Ratnagiri district have been struggling against the setting up
of the giant nuclear project which will have six nuclear
reactors bought from the French Areva company.
"This project has displaced farmers and mango orchards.
The livelihood of thousands of fishermen are threatened," the
CPI(M) said in a statement.
"There is a serious threat to ecology and environment of
the region. The Areva EPR reactors have not been commissioned
anywhere in the world, not even in France. They are
prohibitively expensive and the technology is untried and
untested," it said.
After the Fukushima disaster in Japan, it alleged, there
are "serious concerns" about the safety and the health of the
people in the region.
The popular protests in Ratnagiri district have been met
with severe police repression and permanent restrictions on
holding protests and false cases have been instituted on many
activists, it alleged.
To extend support to the people`s struggle in Jaitapur
and to mobilise support all over the country to demand a halt
to the Jaitapur project, the statement said, it has been
decided to set-up a national committee.
The committee will organise a country-wide campaign
against the Jaitapur nuclear project.
The other members of the committee include LJP chief
Ramvilas Paswan, Sitaram Yechury of CPI(M), D. Raja and
Prakash Reddy of CPI, Nama Nageswara Rao of TDP, Danish Ali of
JD(S), Vivek Monteiro of CITU, N D Patil of Peasants and
Workers Party, Bhai Vaidya of Socialist Party (India), Pravin
Gavankar of Janhit Seva Samiti, and Sulabha Brahme of Konkan
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Is population control next on central govt's agenda after demonetization?
- Watch: Jayalalithaa's last rites performed by her close friend and aide Sasikala Natarajan
- Jayalalithaa's funeral procession: Sea of mourners gather to pay last respects
- Watch: Tracing the journey of late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa from films to politics
- DNA: Know why Jayalalithaa was buried and not cremated
- RIP Amma: Jayalalithaa dies after 75 days in hospital; Tamil Nadu mourns
- RBI to issue new Rs 100 banknotes, old notes to continue as legal tender
- Airtel’s free 4G internet offer may be a ploy to steal your data
- J Jayalalithaa passes away: Know what all she left behind in assets
- Twitter users blast Arvind Kejriwal as he says 'Modi will never appoint a Muslim Vice President no matter what Jung does'