Greenpeace, other NGOs stance on development projects to hit economic growth: IB

Jun 11 2014, 22:19 IST
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The IB report 'Impact of NGOs on Development', claims the NGOs and their international donors are also planning to target many fresh economic development projects. Reuters The IB report 'Impact of NGOs on Development', claims the NGOs and their international donors are also planning to target many fresh economic development projects. Reuters
SummaryGreenpeace today rubbished an Intelligence Bureau report which reportedly described the NGO...

way", the report alleged.

"To encourage Indian-ness of its anti-coal approach, Greenpeace has financed a private research institute to study health, pollution and other aspects at Mahaan and plans to use the Mahaan case as a precursor for a ban on all coal blocks," it said.

On Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), the report said six NGOs are at the forefront of anti-G.M.Food activism in India and funds for it are received mainly from Germany.

According to the report, future plans to take down fresh economic development projects include protests against palm oil imports, migration of workers to cities for construction work, campaign against disposal of e-waste generated by Information Technology companies and Par Tapi-Narmada river interlinking in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

The future plans also include debunking the Gujarat model of development, Special Investment Region in Gujarat and Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, says the IB report.

Greenpeace rubbishes IB report

Greenpeace today rubbished an Intelligence Bureau report which reportedly described the NGO as "a threat to national economic security" and alleged it was an attempt to silence its voice.

"It is an attempt to silence our voice. In the past, an attempt was made to silence us but we never bowed down. We will respond when the matter comes to us...", Abhishek Pratap, Senior Campaigner, Greenpeace, India, told a press conference here.

Asking the government to share the IB report with Greenpeace, he said "we believe that this report is designed to muzzle and silence the civil society who raise their voices against injustices to people and the environment by asking uncomfortable questions about the current model of growth".

Pratap alleged the IB report has not been made in the last two weeks.

To a question that Greenpeace India is being seen as a supporter of the US against the backdrop of its backing to the agitation against Kudankulam nuclear power project being built by Russians, Pratap said there was no truth in the allegations.

"There is no iota of truth in that. We received two-thirds of our funding from India... Yes, there are individual supporters in America and Europe also... But these all are individuals," he noted.

Speaking on the occasion, Bharti Sinha, Communication Director, Greenpeace India, said the IB should have engaged with the NGO to get clarifications on its functioning.

"As far as the IB is concerned, they are doing their job...If IB had engaged with us, they would have come

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