At least 44 people, mostly precious
little children, have been killed in a Dengue epidemic in the past few
weeks here in Tirunelveli district. The district administration has been
helplessly watching people die and had done nothing to prevent this
shameful and criminal loss of life. Who would console all these mothers
and fathers who have suffered the ultimate loss in life? Who is
responsible for all these unwanted deaths? What does the district
administration have to say about this?
 The district administration that could
not maintain basic sanitation in the district and prevent this
completely avoidable death and destruction now wants us to trust them
with the management of a nuclear accident. How convincing it is!
 Why was Nakkanery village with hardly
300 people chosen for this absurd drama when Koodankulam, Idinthakarai,
Vairavikinaru, Chettikulam, Sriranganarayanapuram, S.S.Puram, Perumanal
and Koottapuli with thousands of people are much closer to the nuclear
plant? Is Nakkanery chosen because most of the daily wage laborers would
have gone to work and there would be hardly 100 illiterate women and
infants at Nakkanery during the drill and they could be easily
 If 100 Nakkanery villagers are
trained, how do millions of other people in the 16 km or 30 km radius
and beyond get the necessary information and experience to face a
 Even after undergoing the exercise,
how come people of Nakkanery say they have no idea what happened in
their midst and what all the authorities did. The local Panchayat
president has told the media that the officials came to deal with the
Dengue epidemic. Some villagers have claimed that the officials were
there to ask them what they wanted for their village. The authorities
claim one thing but the poor and illiterate people seem to be completely
confused. Why don’t the authorities release photos, names of the
participants and their feedback to the media?
 If the Collector claims in the Press
Release dated 9.6.2012 that “exercise of counter measures were carried
out in three stages, as prescribed in the Emergency Plan” how come the
Press Release does not even list the “three stages”? Is it because the
authorities want to hide the stages from the larger public and keep us
all in continued ignorance and avoid any further debate?
 If “the Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP)
Manual of KKNPP-1&2 has been reviewed/concurred/approved as appropriate
by AERB and District Authorities…in June 2011” (according to Mr. R.
Bhattacharya of AERB in his letter No. AERB/SEC/46/2012/1643 dated April
17, 2012) why did the Collector, Dr. R. Selvaraj, IAS, not give us a
copy of the emergency manual when Dr. S. P. Udayakumar of PMANE applied
for it under RTI on April 2, 2012? Why did the Collector’s PA (General)
forward that RTI request to the Public Information Officer at KKNPP,
Koodankulam for suitable reply? Why haven’t we received a copy of the
Manual even after writing to the Assistant Public Information Officer,
 According to the Collector’s Press
Release, the “exercise was observed by the representatives from AERB,
NPCIL HQ and other officials of NPCIL.” Why were the local public
representatives such as MP, MLA, local civil society members, prominent
citizens and the local media not invited? Why was the whole exercise a
quick and hush-hush affair that lasted only for an hour?
 Do nuclear disasters affect a large
area around the plant or just one or two specific villages? How come the
exercise is carried out in an isolated village and not throughout the
project affected area?
Our dear Fellow Tamils and Malayalis,
PMANE wishes you, your children and grandchildren all the very best with
your future. May God/Nature/Great Spirit bless you and protect you! We
don’t know what else to say.