Unresolved conflicts characterize environmental nod to 70 of 75 projects involving 7.28 lakh ha land: Study

A recent research study has said that of the “75 cases of conflict over land use change” involving 7,28,673 hectares (ha) “officially transferred through environmental clearance process”, in as many of 70 conflicts have remained unresolved even today. The projects have been chosen out of a list of environmental clearances granted to 14,498 projects, uploaded on the Union environment ministry’s website as of October 2017.

Most of the land use changes carried out for satisfying the demand for “developmental” needs relate to infrastructure expansion and industrial acceleration, and urbanisation. Read more

Courtesy: Counterview

NALCO revives bauxite mining proposal

Public sector National Aluminium Company (NALCO), which has bauxite mines and alumina refinery and smelter in neighbouring Odisha, has revived its proposal for bauxite mining and investment on aluminium complex in Visakhapatnam district generating a lot of interest among various circles. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu

Pauri DM asks officers to deposit royalty amount in Trust’s account

Pauri District Magistrate Sushil Kumar while chairing a meet of the District Mineral Foundation Trust in Pauri on Thursday asked the officers of the public works department and those of health, irrigation, education, communication and minor irrigation departments to deposit the amount of royalty in the account of the trust. He regretted over the low deposit volume in the trust which stands at Rs 74 lakh.

The District Magistrate stressed that the works related to health, education, communication, roads and drinking water supply near the mining areas should be done by the amount being deposited in the account of the trust. The District Magistrate also directed

the officers concerned to submit work proposals following physical inspection of the areas. Read more

Courtesy: the pioneer

TN govt’s Sterlite closure order on shaky ground

Advocate Ritwick Dutta who specialises in environment law, said, “If the pollution control board or the government is directing for closure, specific violations of the Air Act, Water Act and Environment Protection Act need to be cited. The order should be based on sound reasoning and state what the liability of the company as they have to clean up the mess.” Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

Telengana: Adivasis set to declare self-rule

Adivasis have been demanding that the state and central governments remove the Lambadas from the list of Scheduled Tribes.

ADILABAD: Adivasis will beat their traditional drums, especially the ‘Thudum’ just after midnight on May 31 as a way of announcing self-rule in their gudems in the state.

Adivasis have been demanding that the state and central governments remove the Lambadas from the list of Scheduled Tribes. The Adivasis will launch non-cooperation with Lambada government staff in old Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam districts from June 1, and will raise black flags on Telangana Formation Day on June 2. They will pitch their traditional flags in what they say are their lands encroached upon by the Lambadas.

As part of the self rule movement in their gudems from June 1, Adivasis will not allow Lambada staff into their villages. Adivasi Hakkula Porata Samiti (Thudum Debba) state president Soyam Bapurao alleged that Lambada employees are working against the Adivasis’ welfare and Lambada teachers are not teaching Adivasi children in schools and discourage them from studying and discriminate against them.

Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle

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