Property and land rights are key to women empowerment: Vice President

New Delhi: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that empowerment of women is central to achieving the objective of inclusive, equitable and sustainable development and it is not only a national goal but also a global agenda.

He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the International Conference on ‘Empowering Women: Fostering Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability’ organized by the NITI Aayog and Shri Ram College of Commerce, here today.

The Lt. Governor of Puducherry, Dr. Kiran Bedi, the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, Prof. Yogesh Tyagi and the CEO of NITI Ayog, Shri Amitabh Kant and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. Read more

Courtesy: Pragatiwadi

Japan stops cash for bullet train after project stalled over land row

The protest against land acquisition for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project has become a huge roadblock for the cash flow from Japan.

The latest installment that funding agency Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was supposed to release for last quarter, did not reach, said sources from Gujarat government. The JICA stopped the payment on the grounds that the project did not show any progress due to several disputes.

A senior state official, said on condition of anonymity, “As issues over acquisition of land for the bullet train project surfaced in Gujarat as well as in Maharashtra, no progress could be made. The agreements for payment of installment is conditional and the funds arrive from JICA if the progress is constant. The first installment of Rs 125 crore was sanctioned when the Japanese PM visited Gujarat in last September.” Read more

Courtesy: DNA

Anti-Sterlite protests: HC seeks report on Sterlite prior to riots, firing

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday asked the State to submit reports, videos and other documentary evidence pertaining to the anti-Sterlite protests prior to the Thoothukudi riots, which took place on the 100th day of the protests.

A division bench of Justices C.T. Selvam and A.M. Basheer Ahamed also sought Intelligence reports of the Thoothukudi police. The State has been directed to submit its reports on July 18.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation petition filed by advocate A.W.D. Tilak of Thoothukudi, who sought a copy of the Section 144 CrPC order (prohibitory order) clamped in parts of the city during the anti-Sterlite protests. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu

Modi’s Bullet Train Battles Legal Hurdles Over Farmers’ Protests

It was in September last year that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone in Gujarat for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor – the bullet train project.

However, contrary to the expectations, the project is not off to a flying start.

The work on the ground for this Rs 1.08 lakh crore project began in December 2017, but since then much of the development has been hampered by protests against land acquisitions done mostly by farmers and tribal communities in both Maharashtra and Gujarat. In May 2018, around 50,000 farmers from nearly 60 villages protested against the high-speed rail, according to The Hindu. Read more

Courtesy: The Quint

State Repression Forces Adivasis Out of Their Land in Odisha

The PESA law in India makes it mandatory for village councils to be consulted before any land and resource acquisition by higher-level authorities, but it is being blatantly violated in this Adivasi-dominated district of Odisha.

In the age of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, bullet trains, dams, amusement parks and shopping malls seem to have become markers of development. Both government and private entities are making a push for such development. But for Parmananda Munda, who is fighting for the land his community has lived on for 50 years, the government must be respectful of the law, if it truly wants sabka vikas or development for all.

By the law, Munda is referring to the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act of 1996 (PESA), which strengthens local self-governance and empowers panchayats to make decisions about land ownership and acquisition, natural resource management, minor forest produce and peace and dispute settlement. Read more

Courtesy: Feminism in India

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