Rampant violation of community forest rights

States exploit the delay in the drafting of rules for the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act to assert rights over land claimed by communities under the Forest Rights Act In February, forest officials planted 60,000 teak saplings on a 300-ha forestland that is being considered for community rights under the Forest Rights Act, 2006, in Odisha’s Pidikia village (Source: Laxmidhara Murmu)

More than a year after Parliament passed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act 2016 (CAF), the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) is yet to roll out the mandatory rules to implement it. In fact, the ministry in November asked an extension till January 3, 2018, from the Rajya Sabha Committee on Subordinate Legislation to finalise the rules, which set the deadline of June 2017. “The proposed rules are currently with the ministry’s integrated finance division,” says D K Sinha, inspector general, forest, MoEF&CC and member of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).

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Courtesy: The Hans India

Move to amend land acquisition Act opposed

Left and YSR Congress Party leaders under the banner of Land Rights Protection Committee on Saturday burnt the copies of the Bill on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Andhra Pradesh Amendment) Act, 2017.

The Central government had earlier rejected the Bill that was passed by the State Assembly, seeking exemption from Social Impact Assessment survey and Food Security.

However, the State government passed another resolution in the ongoing Assembly session to forward the Bill to the Central government.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

Saving our coastlines

Searching for a lovely romantic spot on sandy shores, far from the maddening crowd? Your search has just been made harder by a complex process called erosion. This is not the physical process of sand being eroded, although that is the unfortunate out…

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Courtesy: Deccan Herald

Protests erupt over land acquisition for bullet train

Residents of villages in Palghar, Dahanu and Virar on the outskirts of Mumbai who stand to lose their land to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project have come out in protests in many places after the local administration barred the transfer of land in the earmarked areas, according to officials here.

“In many places, officials from the revenue department were chased away by villagers,” a state government official said. However with the Maharashtra Government paying as much as five times the ready reckoner rate for infrastructure projects, officials expect to convince landowners to part with their properties.

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Courtesy: The Tribune

Grama sabha fails to assuage Vemulaghat villagers

‘No copy of minutes was given and many of the objections raised were not addressed’

Vemulaghat village is in the news for the past one-and-half year or so with demands for implementation of Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act – 2013 (LA Act -2013). Withstanding pressures from different sections, the villagers even approached the court demanding implementation of the LA Act which forced the government to conduct grama sabhas in the village. After the grama sabhas, the villagers are alleging that they were not supplied with copy of the minutes of the meeting.

“A grama sabha was held in our village on October 21, 2017. But the minutes’ copy was not given to us despite repeated appeals. Why was a copy not supplied and our doubts not cleared?” asked the villagers of Vemulaghat in a letter addressed to the authorities.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

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