MP – Thousands of Adivasis protest against a law breaking district administration in Barwani

May 22, 2013

Adivasis issue notice to Chief Minister demanding reasons for supporting terror and intimidation by pubic representatives and corrupt district administration, and quashing of false cases against Madhuri and others.

On the 21st of May 2013, thousands of adivasi women and men from different villages of Barwani district gathered at the district headquarters and took out a huge rally protesting against the corruption and lack of responsiveness of the local administration in the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act, health and public services guarantee. They also protested against the false cases and arrest of senior member of their Sangathan, Madhuri and other workers. It must be noted that the case on Madhuri Ben was lodged when she was protesting against the inhuman treatment of a pregnant adivasi woman who was forced to leave the PHC and deliver a child on the roadside.

For the past several years, adivasis of Barwani district have been raising their voice against the corrupt practices of the local administration. While crores of rupees are shown to be spent of MNREGA funds, adivasi labourers have not received even the minimum wages. Adivasi labourers today asked for an account of the corruption in MNREGA and questioned why the corrupt officers were being protected. On the other hand the government is harassing the people who are instrumental in bringing to light this corruption and sending them to jail, illegally.

People also protested against the illegal middle men within the Lok Seva guarantee and demanded an account of this from the government

Schemes of the state government like Ladli Lakshmi Yojana, Janini Suraksha Yojna, Beti Bachao Abhiyan are only an eyewash. In reality, adivasi women are being pushed out of hospitals because of which they have to deliver on the road like animals. When there is a voice raised against this then, those people are imprisoned. Health conditions of women in the district are very bad. Anaemia among women and children is very high and every month there are 2-3 deaths of women during child birth. This is happening when crores of rupees are being said to be spent on improving health services in the area.

Due to this poor, adivasi population is deprived of even basic health services and wages for their labour. Therefore our Sangathan is issuing a notice to the state government against the dysfunctional local administration, MLA and other public representatives.

1. Quashing of false cases against Madhuri and others, and lodge cases against those making these false cases
2. Improve the quality of health services, give account for the crores of rupees being spent in the name of women
3. Make public the report of corruption within MNREGA and take action against the corrupt
4. Immediately stop the illegal middle men in the Lok Seva Guarantee. Action should be immediately commenced against corrupt individuals
5. The government should stop making false cases against people struggling for their rights

The people declared that if their demands were not met, they would keep their protest on going and take it forward.

Several sangathans across the state showed their support to this rally. These included Dr Sunilam, Kisaan leader from Multai, Chittaroopa Palit, Bhaku Bai, senior activists of NBA Khandwa, Kammu ji and Shrikant, Activists from NBA Barwani; Pratibha Mishra, Vidhya Mishra, Mamta Soni from Nari Jagruti Manch Itarsi; Guliya Bai from Samajwadi Jan Parishad; Amulya from Shilpi Kendra, Indore; Jitendra Singh from Semarkhedi Sangharsh Morch, Ujjain; Jagdish Bhai from Bilwa Deb; support from Madhya Pradesh Mahila Manch and Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha and other Sangathans.

Harshingh Jamre
Nasri Bai
Laya Bai