National Commission for Scheduled Tribes seeks better compensation for tribals

“The Commission is of the view that the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 should be applicable to tribal communities being displaced from tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. The NCST holds the view that the tribals are not being adequately compensated at the moment. So it arrived at this decision on Friday, that the LARR Act should be applicable to tribals in the reserve belts,” said the official. The LARR Act has provisions for compensation, rehabilitation and resettlement of communities when their land is taken away. Read more

Courtesy: The New Indian Express

’60 cr people face high to extreme water crisis in India’

Sixty crore people in India face high to extreme water crisis and its demand is projected to be twice the availability supply by 2030, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Answering a question in the Lok Sabha on a study conducted by the NITI Aayog on water crisis in the country, Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi said there was an imminent need to deepen understanding of water resources and their usage. Read more

Courtesy: The Economic Times

Silicosis: Gujarat HC asks Employees’ State Insurance Corp to pay compensation to 9 victims of deadly disease

The Gujarat High Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Vadodara, challenging the order of the ESI Court, Vadodara to pay disablement benefit as compensation to nine silicosis victims, all of whom are adivasis from Gujarat.
Belonging to the Jhalod block in Dahod district, these tribal workers had gone to work in quartz crushing units of Godhara between 2000 and 2005. They were exposed to high level of silica dust at work. Soon they started getting sick and some died. Many left the workplace and went back to their native home. Read more

Courtesy: Counterview

Declare land acquisition for Rourkela steel plant null & void: NCST to Guv

NEW DELHI: Declare land acquisition for Rourkela Steel Plant null and void with retrospective effect – National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has asked Odisha Governor to step in and protect interests of tribals who are being unfairly evicted from their rightful land.

In a first, the Commission has asked Odisha governor to exercise special powers granted in the Constitution for Scheduled Areas and cancel land acquired for Rourkela Steel Plant expansion plan. The move comes after the Commission examined complaints received from tribals living in the area and numerous field visits over the last 18 months. The tribals of Ruputola and Luakera villages in Rourkela had complained to NCST that they had been living in the area for over 50 years and were being wrongfully evicted after the plant’s expansion plans firmed up. Read more

Courtesy: The Economic Times

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