Mumbai: Noted social activist Medha Patkar,
who is on fast to protest eviction of slum-dwellers from
Golibar Slum in suburban Khar since May 20, is likely to end
her protest tomorrow, with Maharashtra government agreeing to
most of her demands.
Madhuresh Kumar, a member of National Association of
Peoples` Movement and Patkar`s associate, said here this
evening that Patkar would probably end the fast tomorrow
"Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had called up Medha
last night and almost agreed to all her demands. The
government has agreed to constitute two new joint committees
with the representatives of the civil society. One would look
into Ganesh Kripa Housing society issue and would submit its
report on June 15.
The second committee would investigate 15 slum areas
where 3K clause of Maharashtra Slum Act has been used," Kumar
"We are awaiting a draft copy of GR for the committees
tomorrow," he said.
Meanwhile, a late night statement issued by the
government confirmed the development.
The statement said the Chief Minister and Patkar agreed
that a committee headed by Justice H Suresh will go into the
issues regarding alleged irregularities in the rehabilitation
of members of Ganesh Kripa SRA Housing Society.
The committee will give recommendations by June 15, till
then there will be no further demolitions.
Another committee, consisting of civil society members
and government officials would enquire into other 10 to 15
Slum Rehabilitation Authority schemes where there are alleged
irregularities, as per the statement.
Also, the existing government order prohibiting
demolition of slums during the monsoon would be re-activated.
Following this agreement with the Chief Minister, the
statement says, Patkar has come out with a list of 15 cases of
alleged irregularities and also names of civil society members
who would be on the committee inquiring into them.
The Government has accepted these, but Patkar says she
has further demanded that the committee should have powers to
"This is not acceptable," the statement says, adding that
government representatives have conveyed this to Patkar.
Sources close to Patkar said that she has grown further
weak due to the fasting and cannot stand without support.
The Government statement said that if necessary, she
would be shifted to the hospital.