Senior lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan has said that it is shocking to see how the state and central governments support a man who has become the second richest person in the world, who has left his natural habitat along the coastline of Thiruvananthapuram. The port has been built, displacing hundreds of people. ,
It is sad that the State and the Center have turned a blind eye to the needs of the fishermen community, which is under immense pressure following the construction of breakwaters in Vizhinjam in favor of Mr. Adani, Mr. Bhushan said during a media press conference here on Sunday. Conference organized by the club.
Damage along the coastline, where the sea has risen about 500 m inward at several places, is readily visible. If the construction of the dam continues, the amount of damage will increase. The beach has become at least 15 km more than the breakwater, even as there is no need for another international port at Vizhinjam in Kerala, he said.
In the case of Silverline Semi-High-Speed Rail, the Railway Board, fortunately, has realized the folly of backing the project and has withdrawn support for now. A project that requires cutting (of hills) heavily, was conceived without relying on any ground level surveys and Google Maps. It would also bankrupt the state for a project that would benefit only a section of the people, Mr. Bhushan said.
It was a regressive move by the state government to hasten passage of the Kerala Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill as it seeks to undermine the core principles of accountability. This issue gives rise to conflict of interest as the state government will be the final authority to decide whether a person is facing charges or not. Prima facie Whether the convict of the charges should resign, Mr Bhushan said.
They welcomed the University Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2022, passed by the state, which seeks to raise the age of appointment of vice-chancellors to 65 years and increase the number of selection committees to five (from the existing three). “There is nothing wrong in this move as it is a known fact that the Governor is only a puppet of the Center and his plan is to fill the universities and premier institutions of the country with people following the ideology of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). ” They said.
Mr Bhushan also welcomed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s visit to India, saying that the Narendra Modi government’s rule has destroyed the brotherhood of the country by dividing people on religious lines. “Therefore, it is high time that political parties and social organizations come together to challenge the narrative of dividing people,” he said.