ALL INDIA MUSLIM
AIMMM's letter to MP of Murshidabad on starvation deaths in his constituency
Mr. Abdul Mannan Hossain,
Member of Parliament (Murshidabad, West Bengal)
6 May, 2005
Dear Mr. Hossain,
As you must be aware, nearly 25,000 persons have been displaced in Jalangi area of your Constituency. Having lost their homestead and agricultural land they have been reduced to a sub-human existence. Since the state and the district authorities have not arranged any relief operation, many of the young people have left the area to find employment elsewhere. But the weaker elements, the women, the children and the aged, have nowhere to go and are literally starving and falling victim to malnutrition and disease, as they do not even have drinking water and they have no shelter.
We request you to draw the attention of the State Government to their pitiful situation and press it for providing immediate relief and rehabilitation.
In particular, we request you that the displaced be provided with BPL ration cards and those who are in a position to work should be provided with paid work on public projects. They should be compensated for loss of land and homestead and allotted government land in the vicinity for shelter and cultivation. Also the next-of-kin should be compensated, if any one in the family has died due to starvation.
Also the State Government should undertake long-term projects to stop erosion by the river Padma in the area and to stabilize its banks.
You represent the people of the area. In case the State Government is not forthcoming, we request you to visit the area and sanction embankment works out of the MPLADS funds at your disposal.
I am attaching a booklet compiled by Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, Editor of the Milli Gazette, New Delhi, after a personal visit, giving the details for your information.
With kind regards,
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