Govt of India push for ‘commercially important’ invasive timber for afforestation to damage ecology, groundwater

The recently-released draft National Forest Policy (NFP), says a representation before the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), would adversely affect scheduled tribes, 90% of whom live in forest areas and intractable terrains, by turning them into migrant construction labourers by displacing them for the exploitation of minerals and other development projects. Read more

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Sundargarh Tribals Organised Public Meeting, Marched in a Protest Rally and Gheraoed District Collector demanding Implementation of 5th Scheduled, PESA Act 1996 and FRA, 2006

Sundargarh: Thousands of tribals coming across the district today organized a public meeting at Bhawani playground ,marched in a protest rally around the Sundargarh city and gheroaed the district Collector office demanding implementation of 5th Scheduled, PESA Act 1996 and FRA, 2006 under the banner of Adivasi Mulniwasi Adhikar Surakshya Manch(AMASM) and Adivasi Mulabsi Bachao Manch, Sundargah(AMBM). They gave slogan like “Gram Sabha Sarkar Zindabad”, “Hamara Gaaon me Ham Sarkar”, “Jo Jamin Sarkari Hai Wo Zamin Hamari Hai”, “Ladenge Zitenge” etc. Read more


Mining children are nobody’s baby in Govt of India, ministry and laws are quiet on child rights, says representation

Raising a major policy issue, a top advocacy group, Mines, Minerals and People (MM&P) has regretted that the plight of the “mining children” is not the responsibility of the Ministry of Mines, Government of India, which looks after all the mines in India, and the result is a strange “mess”: the lives of children as a result of mining has to be addressed by other departments like child welfare, education, tribal welfare, labour, environment and others. Read more

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Amendment to LA Act opposed

The introduction of a Bill in the AP Assembly to amend the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, is nothing but an attempt to legalise the ‘forcible acquisition’ of land in the name of land pooling, alleged Human Rights Forum (HRF) State president U.G. Srinivasulu and general secretary K. Sudha.

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, (LA Act, 2013), which was achieved as a result of long-drawn struggles, had recognised rehabilitation as a ‘right of the displaced’ for the first time.

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Gudatipally villagers fear displacement again

The government has proposed to increase the capacity of Gouravelli reservoir and is demanding some more land, which many farmers are reluctant to part with.

“We gave up 11 acres of our land for Gouravelli project in 2009 and were paid Rs. 2.10 lakh per acre, but not offered any rehabilitation and resettlement package. Some of the oustees have not been paid compensation so far for land and houses.

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