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Narmada issue: MP CM rejects GoM report

Shivraj Singh Chouhan wrote a letter to PM in which he complained that state government was kept in the dark.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 22:47 IST

The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister on Wednesday accused the Group of Ministers (GOM) of giving a report "full of inaccuracies and factual errors" on the issue of rehabilitation of those ousted by the Sardar Sarovar Project.

The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in which he also complained that the state government was kept in the dark and its views were not ascertained by the GOM headed by Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz.

"I am surprised and shocked to go through the report. Not only does the report not reflect the ground reality, it is full of inaccuracies and factual errors," Chouhan said in the letter written close on the heels of the row over raising of the height of the mega project.

Asserting that Madhya Pradesh government disagreed with the findings of the GOM, he said the contents of the report were neither shared with the state government before finalisation nor was any attempt made to ascertain its position on the conclusions of the GOM.

"The general tenor of the report, without doubt, reflects a certain pre-judgment on the efforts being made regarding relief and rehabilitation of displaced families of Madhya Pradesh," Chouhan said.

He also charged that the visit of the GOM to the affected areas "was clearly allowed to be stage managed by the NBA activists, several of whom especially came from Delhi to ensure that the committee saw what they wanted the committee to see and it heard what they wanted it to hear."