For six months now, around 4,000 villagers have camped out a kilometer away from Maujanagri village in India to protest the government's land acquisition which they assert is illegal. The group, which is part of the constituency of the Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD), have surrounded the camp with Sarna, which in Adivasi tradition is a flag declaring that a piece of land cannot be sold or acquired.
The National Fish Workers Forum has opposed free trade agreements and foreign direct investment in retail trade and the fisheries sector.
In a resolution adopted at its annual general body meeting held here from December 7 to 9, the forum demanded that fish workers be consulted before any trade agreement involving the fisheries sector was signed.
The meeting opposed the establishment of nuclear power plants, and expressed its solidarity with the people struggling against the setting up of such plants at Kudankulam and Jaitapur. It strongly opposed the establishment of thermal power plants with captive ports on the coast and the setting up of new private ports.
The Tata Mundra project is a 4,000-megawatt coal power plant under construction in India. It is partly funded by the World Bank.
Ambitious efforts to reform the World Bank's energy lending policy — expected to be completed in mid-July — have stalled. The two main sticking points are centered on loans for coal-fired plants and the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, observers say.