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Over 2,000 Vedanta Balco labourers court arrest in protest

By ET| 6 Jun, 2014, 11.24PM IST
A large number of Vedanta Balco labourers gathered at Ambedkar Stadium to court mass arrest, after which more than 2,000 of them were held.A large number of Vedanta Balco labourers gathered at Ambedkar Stadium to court mass arrest, after which more than 2,000 of them were held.
ET SPECIAL:
KORBA (CHATTISGARH): Over 2,000 contractual labourers of aluminium manufacturer Vedanta Balco courted arrest today to press their demands including Employees’ Provident Fund and equal work for equal pay in Chhattisgarh’s Korba district.

A large number of Vedanta Balco labourers gathered at Ambedkar Stadium to court mass arrest, after which more than 2,000 of them were held, Korba Additional Superintendent of Police Lal Umed Singh said.

However, they were released on a bail bond later, he said.

When contacted, Vedanta Balco Chief Executive Officer Ramesh Nayar said the issue would be sorted out soon with co-operation from the district administration and the police.

The management would never take steps against the welfare of its labourers and intends to work in their interest, he said.

He alleged some people with vested interests had provoked the labourers to demonstrate.

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#India – Faking Happiness is forced to Present the ‘ VEDANTA ANTHEM” #HipHop #mustshare

Kamayani for FAKING HAPPINESS CAMPAIGN

 

 

An Indo-German collaboration with production by the talented DJ BC from Germany and the lyrics and vocals by A-List from India. A List is a raptivist and a member of Faking Happiness campaign. This track is a quick freestyle in response to Vedanta trying to salvage it’s reputation by sponsoring , NDTV‘S ”  Our Girls Our Pride ” , a  PR Exercise and a desperate attempt to salvage themselevs after they were kicked out  by the Gramsabhas and after attempting to exploit the Dongria Kondh  tribal community in Odhisa for the Niyamgiri Hills.

 

Pic- courtesy Down to Earth

It has been learnt that Mining Giant Vedanta, is shitting  in their pants after  their exposure by  Faking Happiness: Activists Strike Back at Vedanta Ad Campaign, which was such a huge set back. Recently , after they were Kicked out in a Match of 12-0, by the Dongria Kondh ,  tribal of Odisha, they have once again planned a Corporate social responsibility ( CSR)  campaign, called ‘Our Girls our pride and once again, we are back with a   BANG.

 

Our two petitions  to NDTV and Priyanka Chopra haS crossed the 2500 mark, do sign if you have not so far, if you have not  ?

NDTV WITHDRAW VEDANTA

and

PRIYANKA CHOPRA WITHDRAW AS AMABASSADOR

 

Faking Happiness also  sent birthday wishes wishes Happy Birthday Dr Prannoy Roy – Withdraw Vedanta #ourgirlsourpride

So, Now Vedanta, CSR initiative is in a soup , as many  Craetive Faces with Political Voices, join Faking Happiness Anti Vedanta Campaign , and the voices are increasing every day

Hence, what they did ?

 They kidnapped, our very own , Ashwini Mishra aka A-list while he was  recording at his studio, and  coerced him to  to sing the ‘ VEDANTA ANTHEM “, they wanted to tell world that…… they will not take their defeat down and here are the lyrics—-

We are Vedanta, everywhere that we go,
Faking Happiness, you know how we roll,
We are Vedanta, everywhere that we go,
Faking Happiness, you know how we roll,
That’s right, this is the Vedanta anthem,
All the corporate greedy people chant them,
That’s right, this the Vedanta anthem,
All the corporate greedy people anthem,
That’s right, let’s go ahead and do this,
We thought we’d put our corporate greed to some music,
And tell you exactly where we come from,
Come on man, this is not a protest, this not a dumb song,
You see we kidnapped A-List, he’s in the back,
So Vedanta rep could come here and rap,
And tell you the truth,
That is the youth,
That needs to understand this is so much more than booth,
SO,
Listen to this, let the world know,
Matter of fact, for the girls though,
Let’s really talk about ‘coz the world dies,
When we build a mine, but we do the girl child,
We do a program for them on NDTV,
And now look, all these emcees be free,
But they never really talk about what we do,
“Coz corporate sponsorship taken, BOOM!
Now what you gonna do, what you gonna say,
‘Coz we do this like every single day,
Exploiting poor people like it is fun,
Actually it is when that shit has done

This is Vedanta and this is our anthem,
All the corporate greedy people chant them,
This is Vedanta and this is our anthem,
All the corporate greedy people chant them

That’s right, ain’t this a crazy world,
We are evil but we got Desi Girl,
That’s right, we got Priyanka Chopra to endorse us,
Now we got all kinds of endorsements,
All sorts of people saying that it’s cool,
What they did in the past, but they sent kids to school,
But hear the truth, we didn’t send anyone though,
That’s right, and that’s how we get through the flow,
That’s right, yo, this is such a crappy fest,
We make an art form out of  faking happiness,
And that’s us, that’s the Vedanta anthem,
All the corporate greedy people chant them,
And yo, you know Niyamgiri’s ill,
And we will come back, we will take Niyamgiri Hill,
And all the tribal people who had opposed us,
Come on man, you had proposed us
To be gone, but we will be back,
And when we come, we will come, we will be wrath,
We will buy over the police and the army,
That’s right, I’m rich, tell me who’ll harm me,

Vedanta Signing Out.


SO WHATS THE BACKGROUND OF VEDANTA AND WHY YOU SHOULD BE BOTHERED ?

BACKGROUND

Niyamgiri hills, home to 8,000-odd Dongria Kondhs, tribal group, a few hundred Kutia Kondhs and other forest-dwellers who eke out a living cultivating pulses, paddy and collecting naturally-grown horticultural crops, is considered sacred by the indigenous tribes and others as it is the abode of Niyamraja – their presiding deity.

Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had rejected (Stage-II /final approval) Forest Clearance on 24.8.2010 for the Bauxite mining on the basis of issues outlined by the Forest Advisory Committee which stated that ‘the Primitive Tribal Groups were not consulted in the process of seeking project clearance and also noticed the violation of the provisions of Forest Rights Act, the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, Environmental Protection Act, 1986 and also the impact on ecological and biodiversity values of the Niyamgiri hills upon which the Dongaria Kondh and Kutia Kondh depend’ and the detailed report of Naresh Sexana Committee specially appointed to look into the issue. This MoEF Order was challenged in a petition at the Supreme Court of India by Orissa Mining Corporation.

The Supreme Court of India had decided on 18 April 2013 that if Bauxite Mining Project of Vedanta affects the religious right of Schedule Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers like Dongaria Kondh, Kutia Kandha and others over the Niyamgiri hills in Odisha ‘right has to be preserved and protected’. The Court has left it to the Gram Sabhas to decide if such right is affected by the proposed mine.cts.

In India  first time an environmental referendum was conducted on a directive by the Supreme Court to find out whether mining in Niyamgiri will tantamount to an infringement of the religious, cultural, community and individual rights of local forest-dwellers. During July-August this year, 12 gram sabhas, selected by the Odisha government for the referendum on mining in Niyamgiri hills, had rejected the proposal. The tribal villages, located on the hill slopes, are part of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts.

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1.   The first  village council  was held at Serakpadi village of Raygada district.  In the sabha 36 out of 38 voters in the first Palli Sabha in Niyamgiri have voted against mining in Niyamgiri.

2.T he second, three hour long ,  village council meeting at Kesarpadi in Rayagada district-, in which -Thirty-three of 36 eligible voters , including all 23 women, voted against bauxite mining……At the three-hour-long sabha, 33 of 36 adult voters from Kesarpadi  unanimously adopted a resolution as per the Forest Rights Act, conveying their opposition to mining in the Niyamgiri hills.

3  The third village council meeting was held in a non -tribal forest hamlet of Tadijhola, which is imporant note also  unanimously rejected proposed bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri hills t.Nineteen of the 22 voters in the village were present  including eighty-seven year old Sugri Gouda. Hard of hearing and barely able to stand on her own, she insisted on signing the resolution before leaving the meeting venue. Three bare words she uttered drew a cheer from those present: “Niyamgiri dibu nai” (won’t give up Niyamgiri). Gauda was the also most sought after by media, with a slew of video cameras following her fragile steps as a family member walked her home.

4.  The villagers of Kunakeda, a Dongaria Kondh village in Kalahandi district, today unanimously rejected the proposal for mining in Niyamgir..All 21 out of 22 voters, who attended the meeting, voiced their opposition to Vedanta .

5  The 5th village coucil meeting w s held at Palberi, where .Fifteen of the 16 adult voters from the forest village were in attendance. and voted out vedanta.

 

6 The sixth Pali sabha , Batudi rejected settlement of community forest claims in Niyamgiri ,  31 among 40 voters from the hamlet in attendance, also rejected a joint verification report to settle community and religious rights to the forests granted under the Forest Rights Act of 2006.

7  The seventh village council , Phuldumer – again voted unanimously to reject Vedanta’s mine.—49 of the 65 listed voters were present to voice their opinion, in the meeting.

8  Ijurupa  village council meeting was a CLASSIC ,  where there is just a famiily, and the  four  members of te family nailed down a 72 MT mining proposalvillage in Kalahandi district, Odisha

9   At Lamba ninth pallisabha ,Braving intermittent rain, the 38 voters in the remote village, ousted Vedanta

10.The largest village council fo 12 villages , Lakhpadar village under Kalyansinghpur of Rayagada district located on the slopes of Niyamgiri, the 97 Dongaria Kondhs present in the pallisabha unanimously rejected the proposal to mine the hills for bauxite.

11. Khambasi village in Rayagada district , was the  the eleventh palli sabha , which  also unanimously opposed Vedanta

12-   On August 19th In Jerapa, 16 out of 26 voters, including 10 women, gathered at the final Palli Sabha on Niyamgiri. Under heavy police presence, and in heavy rain, they repeated the statements given in previous meetings – that they opposed the mine and would not leave the mountain no matter what. The twelve voters said they were ready to face bullets to prevent the digging of their sacred mountain.

On August 19th, NDTV and VEDANTA LAUNCHED the ‘ our girls our pride’ campaign. Coincidence ?

 

While our friends at  FOIL VEDANTA protested on the streets of london , On August 1st at the AGM  of Vedanta , When asked about Lanjigarh refinery and the scandal that is the attempted Niyamgiri mine, Anil Aggarwal ,  responded with a dreamy speech about believing that Niyamgiri was meant for Vedanta. he talked about hearing about Kalahandi as a child – a ‘black spot’ on India, and its ‘poorest poorest place’, and how he’d always wanted to do something about it. He said:

“We took courage to go there, no road even or bridge, it was all isolated, we created infrastructure, 7000 got work, not a blade of grass was moved in Niyamgiri .”

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Happy Birthday Dr Prannoy Roy – Withdraw Vedanta #ourgirlsourpride #NDTV #CSR

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Join  FAKING HAPPINESS CAMPAIGN  in wishing  Dr Prannoy Roy of  NDTV  on his birthday,  on 15th Oct 2013 , and hope he withdraws VEDANTA form the our girls our child campaign , in the  name of TRUTH, as he claims  for his 24 x7 channel .

Faking happiness campaign came into being last year when Vedanta launched its first CSR social media campaign called khushi- creating  happiness, which was a complete sham and facade. 

 “Creating Happiness” – a series of short films about Vedanta that aired on 37 TV channels – was an advertising campaign conceived by India‘s ad guru Piyush Pandey of Ogilvy & Mather. It was launched  last year with a technically slick film that focused on the apparent happiness of Binno, a small girl in Rajasthan, when she discovers that she can get an education from the anganwadis (child day care centres) set up by the company.

The company announced an initiative for students at media and film institutes to produce short films about the company that would then be judged in competition by a heavy-weight jury consisting of Pandey, actor Gul Panag and noted director Shyam Benegal who had championed “art cinema.” (Benegal’s early films realistically depicted feudal conditions in rural India).


Following our campaign  Benegal and Panag withdrew from the jury saying they were unaware of Vedanta’s role in the competition.  We had our own competition .” Blog posts, short films, cartoons and spoofs poured in on Facebook and YouTube that charged Vedanta with falsehoods.

Once again when NDTV  launched ourgirlsourpride campaign we are back in action .

 Our two petitions to Priyanka Chopra and Prannoy Roy have crossed the 2000 mark, and its amazing to see the voices and support not only from india but from world over, there are signatuers from USA, Pakistan, Iran , belgium, italy , Japana, China, UAE, South Africa, Canada

 

and many other countries 

If you have not still sign the petition please do at

NDTV WITHDRAW VEDANTA AS PARTNER IN OUR GIRLS OUR PRIDE CAMPAIGN

and

PRIYANKA CHOPRA WITHDRAW AS AMBASSADOR FROM OUR GIRLS OUR PRIDE
 WATCH OUR GREETING IN TWO VIDEOS BELOW 

 




Many Creative faces with political voices have joined the campaign and a few known   names who have sigend petition are

 Indian classical dancer Mallika Sarabhai

Theatre and Film Actor, Joy Sen Gupta
Admiral Ram Das
Film Maker Anand Patwardhan
Film Maker Rakesh Sharma
Film Actor Sushant Singh
Noted Violinst Sunita Bhuyan
Sufi Singer — Dhruv Sangari
Hindustani  Clssicial Singer –Neela Bhagwat
Playback singer in Indian Films –  Shefali  Alavares
Cinema, and theatre actor-  Asif Basra
Theatre actor and  Shamiana founder- Cyrus Dastur
Actor and Comedy Artiste – Gurpal Siingh
Lok shahir and Sambhaji Bhagat
Poet and writer-  Meena Kandasamy
Rap artist and performer- Ashwini Mishra aka  @Alist
 Kannada actor and theatre artiste- P D Sathishchandra
Noted  Cine actress- Suhasini Mulay

For those on Facebook you  can check the album BELOW

Creative Faces with Political Voices against VEDANTA

U CAN SEND BIRTHDAY GREETINSG TO [email protected],  and ask him to withdraw  VEDANTA from ourgirlsourpride campaign

sample messages below

1 For the Pride of Tribal Girls , Withdraw Vedanta as Partner on your Birthday.Wishes & Compliments on this day Mr. Roy

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2.Roses are Pink and Sky is Blue , Vedanta is One Friend which does not Suits you .Withdraw Vedanta as Partner Mr. Roy Tons of Wishes & Blessings on your Birthday

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3.Twinkle Twinkle little star , kick Vedanta desh ke bahar. for sake of Tribal girls withdraw Vedanta as Partner on your Birthday . Happy Birthday & Be Blessed Mr. Prannoy Roy

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4.Our Earth, Soil, Water, Air and Life became polluted by your friend Vedanta. Withdraw Vedanta as your pratner from Our Girls our Pride on your Birthday . happy BDay Mr. Roy

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in solidarity
 
Kamayani
 
for Faking happiness campaign
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#India – BALCO operated by Vedanta mired in land diversion controversy in Chhattisgarh

 

BALCO, a company operated by Vedanta-Starlight, has been criticised for getting a proposal for land diversion passed in Raigarh despite protests by villagers

October 10, 2013

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Industries are blatantly ignoring rules and regulations in Chhatisgarh. Recently in three villages in the Dharamjaigarh region of  – Rookunga, Baisi and Taraimar – Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO) got a proposal for land diversion passed from the gram sabha despite protests by the villagers of the region.

According to the proposal, BALCO was to receive the Durgapur-Taraimar coal block of Dharamjaigarh. 365.56 hectares of this 1076-acre coal block region belongs to the  Revenue department. After its diversion, the forest will be used for industrial purposes. A gram sabha was called on 29 September to address the issue, but the villagers boycotted it. Although a gram sabha cannot be called a second time within one week as per rules, the company officials, teaming up with the local administration, called another meeting on 2 October. The meeting had taken place in Baisi which has a population of 1300 voters, out of which 750 voters should have backed the proposal for it to pass. The company managed to get the signatures of only 173 villagers, but nevertheless declared that the proposal had been approved.

A member of the Save  Land Struggle Committee, DS Mallya claims that even though local farmers protested against BALCO, the company pretended that the proposal had been approved. Another member, Sajal says that a majority of population in the area is of tribals and Bangladeshis.  When Bangladeshis first came to settle in Baisi, the land was barren. But with hard labor, the farmers turned it into a double-crop land. Now, they produce watermelons and parwal (pointed gourd). As a result, they do not want to give up their land, but BALCO is trying to seize it forcibly. Moreover, the land BALCO wants to annex is a part of the ‘Elephant Corridor’ – a breeding ground for elephants. Thus, the diversion of the coal block to BALCO poses a threat to animals as well.

, former CM of , criticised the move: “Cheating people is second nature to BALCO. They have long been exploiting resources with the support of politicians and administrators. Another gram sabha must be called. If the villagers are against it, they must start a movement to oppose it. The fraud took place with the consent of the state government. Without the government’s support, no company can dare to carry out such an act.”

BJP MLA from Dharamjaigarh, Omprakash Rathiya said, “The whole village knew what was happening in the gram sabha. They were not ignorant. Yes, I wasn’t there myself, but I know all about it. Only Taraimar locals are demanding a lease for the land first. That’s why they are not agreeing. But in Baisi gram sabha, all villagers were present. The proposal was passed with everyone’s consent.”

Bharat Jan Andolan’s pioneer and former administrative officer, Dr BD Sharma, claims, “This swindling has been going on for a long time. The state government is equally guilty. Everyone is involved from top to bottom. The villagers should strongly oppose it.”

BALCO is operated by the company -Starlight, which owns 51% of the shares of BALCO. The Centre owns the rest of the shares and is preparing to sell them off to . In such a scenario, these acts of  raises doubts about the company’s functioning in Sudoor,.

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Indian Govt’s sell off plan may hit Vedanta

 , TNN | Feb 4, 2013, 05.06AM IST
NEW DELHI: In what may come as a setback for Vedanta Group, the government is considering offloading its stake in Balco and Hindustan Zinc (HZL) in the stock market instead of selling the shares to metals tycoon Anil Agarwal. The discussion comes at a time when the Centre is keen to sell shares in companies such as HZL and Balco, where the government disinvested its stake during the NDA regime, and monetize value from other assets in a bid to raise resources to bridge the widening fiscal gap.

Sources privy to the discussions said that talks have been held at the highest level in the government and one view was that sale of shares in the market will not only help the government realize better value but also avoid controversy, especially related to pricing.

In 2001, the government had sold a 51% stake in Balco to Sterlite Industries, leaving it with 49% holding. It holds a tad less than 30% in Hindustan Zinc, while Sterlite has close to 65% stake.

The share sale has been held up for several years as UPA-1 cited provisions of the Companies Act to deny the share sale.

In both cases, the shareholders’ agreement provided for the acquirer to exercise a call option or gave Agarwal’s outfits the right to buy the shares after a specified period. But UPA-1 decided against selling shares in every company where call options were provided for but has now woken up to selling residual stake as it faces an acute cash crunch.

Coupled with its inability to cut down on wasteful expenditure, it has already missed the fiscal deficit target of 5.1% of GDP and stares at the prospect of a sovereign ratings downgrade, which will put Indian securities in junk grade and hamper investment into the country.

As a result, it is pursuing an aggressive disinvestment programme with a target to mop up Rs 30,000 crore by selling stakes in several public sector companies such as NMDCOil India andNTPC through the public offer and auction route.

Sources said an offer for sale or auction of HZL shares was one of the options that was being pursued.

 

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