All India National Convention against SEZ, land-grabbing, displacements – December 13, New Delhi

December 5, 2009

Date: 13 December 2009
Time: 10am – 8pm
Venue: Garhwal Bhavan, Panchkuyan Road (next to Jhandewalan Metro Station, near Paharganj), New Delhi

Organised by: “ALL INDIA CO-ORDINATION OF MOVEMENTS AGAINST SEZ, LAND-GRABBING AND DISPLACEMENT”,
an initiative which has been formed to co-ordinate the various peoples’ movements on these issues all over India.

Representatives from anti-SEZ movements of Kalinganagar, anti-POSCO, Raigad, Bhayandar, anti-DOW in Maharashtra, Singur, Nandigram, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and others, Struggling organisations and eminent intellectuals like Prof. Amit Bhaduri, Mr. Prashant Bhushan, Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty, Gautam Navalakha, Anand Swaroop Verma and others will participate in and address the convention.

Demands:

1. Scrap the SEZ Act of 2005 and all related state SEZ acts.
2. Immediately stop all SEZ projects and return the acquired lands to the farmers.
3. Stop the anti-people land-grabbing and plundering of natural resources.
4. Fight against globalization.
5. Withdraw all cases against activists of anti-SEZ movements.

Any struggling organisation or individual who are in agreement with these common minimum points are invited to be a part of this initiative to intensify the struggle.

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Friends,

An all India National Convention has been organised by All India coordination committee of anti-SEZ, anti-landgrabbing and anti-displacement movements at New Delhi on 13th December.

As you all aware that since the enactment of the anti-national & anti-constitutional SEZ Act, we all have been fighting against it. A need
was felt for an all India coordination to fight against it. Justice P. B. Sawant (former judge of Supreme Court & Founder President of
Lokshasan Andolan) had issued an appeal to unite all the genuine anti-SEZ, anti-land grabbing, anti-displacement movements in India.
Accordingly, in response to this appeal, a series of state level conventions were organised in Maharashtra, Orissa, West Bengal etc., a
working coordination was built up of the actual struggling committees excluding foreign funded NGOs. An All India coordination committee of anti-SEZ, anti land grabbing and anti displacement movements was formed with Justice P.B. Sawant as its convenor and Com. Vilas Sonawane (Mahamumbai Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti, Raigad, Maharashtra) as its Coordinator.

We have been consistently demanding to scrap SEZ Act and all the SEZs. To further our cause, the coordination committee has organised National Convention against SEZ, land grabbing and displacement on 13th December, 2009 at New Delhi.

National Convention against SEZ, land grabbing and displacement
Date- 13 December, 20009
Venue – Gadhwal Bhavan, Punchkuwa Road, New Delhi.

For further information please contact. Com Vilas Sonawane (9422520574)

Com. Vilas Sonawane
Coordinator – All India Coordination of Movements Against SEZ, Land-grabbing and Displacement

I. Resolution and Decisions

After two days of intense discussions in Bhubaneshwar, the preparatory committee and the representatives of various anti-SEZ and anti-landgrab movements resolved the following:

To set up an all-India coordination committee of anti-SEZ and anti-landgrab movements, based on the following common minimum
understanding:

1. Scrap the SEZ Act of 2005 and all related state SEZ acts.

2. Immediately stop all SEZ projects and return the acquired lands to the farmers.

3. Stop the anti-people land-grabbing and plundering of natural resources.

4. Fight against globalization.

5. Withdraw all cases against activists of anti-SEZ movements.

The name of the committee was resolved to be:

All India Coordination of Movements Against SEZ, Land-grabbing and Displacement

The functioning of the committee would be based on the following policies:

1. A basic perspective towards the SEZ and land-grab policies as anti-people tools of exploitation.

2. Coordination of the various struggles against SEZs and land acquisition going on in various parts of the country.

3. Compensation/rehabilitation would not be accepted as an objective of anti-SEZ movements.

4. Non-participation of NGOs in the committee.

5. Participation of all organizations, movements and individuals engaged in anti-SEZ and anti-landgrab struggles based on the five
points of common minimum understanding and the above policies for the functioning of the committee.

The following programme was decided about the immediate future:

1. An all-India convention to be held in Delhi on 13.12.09

2. State-level conventions (incorporating the solidarity programmed on the anti-POSCO struggle).

3. Preparation of a periodical information bulletin.

4. Declaration of a day or week as anti-SEZ day/week, in a statewise manner.

The composition of the preparatory committee was decided to be as follows:

1. Justice P.B. Sawant (Convenor) (Maharashtra)

2. Justice Kolsepatil (Maharashtra)

3. Vilas Sonawane (Coordinator) (Maharashtra)

4. Y. S. Rao (Andhra Pradesh)

5. Abhay Sahoo (Orissa)

6. Prashanta Paikray (Orissa)

7. Bhalchandra Sadangi (Orissa)

8. Sheomangal Siddhantkar (Delhi)

9. Chandrashekar (Karnataka)

10. Amitabha Bhattacharya (West Bengal)

11. Kushal Debnath (West Bengal)

12. Alik Chakrabarty (West Bengal)

13. Partho Sarothi Ray (West Bengal)