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
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
Social activist Md Nayeemuddin may not be far-fetched when he says the tribal pathalgadi movement – erecting stone slabs to apparently establish self-rule by gram sabha and overthrow the government and its agencies – has the potential to turn Khunti into a mini-Afghanistan.
Nayeemuddin was reacting to Sunday’s pathalgadi ritual in six Khunti villages on Sunday, the biggest of them all in rebel-hit Kochang, where opium farms flourish. Read more
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In what may be interpreted as a controversial move, at least two prominent civil rights organisations, Mines, Minerals and People (MM&P) and Goa Foundation, even as talking of mining rights of the local people, especially tribals, have said that they are ready to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India thrust, provided that locals are “involved” in a reasonable way. Read more
Energy cannot be the driving concern for Indian waste. With the proposal to set up waste-to-energy plants, Niti Aayog appears all set to distort waste management beyond repair. Read more