PRESS RELEASE Date: 19.9.2011
Text of the D.O. letter addressed to Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble
Prime Minister of India by Selvi J Jayalalithaa, Hon’ble
Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu on 19.9.2011 is reproduced below:-
“You are aware that the Nuclear Power Plant at Koodankulam is ready to be
commissioned very soon. The last few days have been very agonizing for the people
of Koodankulam as they are under great apprehension in the wake of the Fukushima
disaster and other similar calamities reported in the press. It is only natural that the
people living here fear for the safety of their families and for themselves.
While many welfare measures have been taken by my Government for the
benefit of fishermen living along the 1076 KM. long coast line of Tamil Nadu, an issue
relating to the Government of India project is disturbing the normal life of the people
in the Koodankulam area.
The scope and magnitude of this issue is creating a fear psychosis among the
people and villages surrounding Koodankulam. It is surprising to note that till date no
responsible Minister or concerned higher authorities from the Government of India
have visited the people or even attempted to assuage their misgivings.
It is unfortunate to see that the Centre is abdicating its responsibilities. The
Prime Minister should have sent a high level team to allay the fears and misgivings of
the people in the Koodankulam area.
It was naturally expected that at least the Union Minister of State for
Environment and Forests, Ms. Jayanthi Natarajan, who hails from Tamil Nadu, would
have made an attempt to visit these people. Instead, in an interview to the press,
she said that the subject comes under the purview of the Atomic Energy Commission
and her Ministry has nothing to do with it, thereby abdicating her duties as a Minister
and absolving herself of any responsibility. Her remark that the Government officers
would take care of the issue is callous in the extreme.
Since the Atomic Energy Commission is directly under your control, on behalf of
the people and villages surrounding Koodankulam, I request you to send the
concerned competent authorities to hold discussions with the people of Koodankulam,
address their fears and convince the people to their satisfaction.
Since nobody from the Government of India has so far deigned to visit
Koodankulam, I propose to send an all party delegation led by Thiru
O. Panneerselvam, Hon’ble Minister for Finance, Government of Tamil Nadu, along
with representatives of the people to call on you.
I request you to kindly issue suitable instructions to the concerned authorities
that further work on this project may be halted, until this issue is settled.
I request you to kindly bestow your personal attention on this serious issue and
also to indicate your convenience to meet the delegation.”
Issued by : Commissioner, Information-Public Relations, Chennai – 9
Date : 19.9.2011