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NAPM convention calls for strengthening grama sabhas

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Resolution to ban purchase and use of bottled water passed

Symbolic gesture:Participants mark the end of NAPM convention by dedicating earthen pots to Medha Patkar in Thrissur on Monday.
Symbolic gesture:Participants mark the end of NAPM convention by dedicating earthen pots to Medha Patkar in Thrissur on Monday.

The National Alliance for People’s Movements (NAPM) convention that concluded here on Monday has called for strengthening grama sabhas and mohalla sabhas to check the overexploitation of natural resources.

Addressing the conference, environmental activist Medha Patkar called for a united forum of social movements working for an alternative to the current political and development paradigm and to evolve a blueprint for visions of more equitable and just society.

The NAPM will protest against the proposed Land Acquisition Bill in the upcoming winter session of Parliament.

The conference has decided to call for a round table meeting of all political parties on FDI to understand different views.

It also proposed to hold a dialogue between experts, officials, activists and representatives of affected communities of Tamil Nadu to understand the socioeconomic impacts of nuclear power and energy.

The NAPM will work in close association with political parties who are willing to enter into a dialogue with people’s movements and take a stand on the concerns raised.

A march of the urban struggle groups in the southern States has been planned to raise the issues faced by urban poor. Campaigns for amendment of the Panchayati Raj laws and the SC/ST Act will also be taken up. Workshops with lawyers for social justice shall be organised in various states.

The plenary passed a resolution to ban purchase and use of bottled water, to promote use of public transport, renewable energy alternatives, organic farming, co-operatives and village industry.

It was also decided that NAPM would join the Jan Sansad (people’s parliament) with all other organisations on various issues ahead of General Elections 2014. Social activists Sara Joseph, M.P. Parameswaran and Ashok Chaudhary spoke.


  • NAPM to join Jan Sansad (people’s parliament) ahead of General Elections 2014

  • Plan to protest against the proposed Land Acquisition Bill in the Parliament


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