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

‘Without tribal society, environmental protection is incomplete’

Due to the lack of clean drinking water, two lakh people die every year. Moreover, 54 percent of India’s groundwater sources / wells are drying up.

By 2020, groundwater is expected to end in 21 major cities of the country. In India, there are ongoing disputes between the 11 states regarding water, like the Cauvery water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

These crises grew when the government stood in favour of an open and uncontrolled market. On the other hand, Delhi’s air has not been viable to breathe. 26 states of the country believe that desertification is growing at a fast pace. Approximately 30 percent of the country has come under the scope of desertification, where dust storms are rising at an unprecedented speed. Read more

Courtesy: ANI

Modi’s Bullet Train Battles Legal Hurdles Over Farmers’ Protests

It was in September last year that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone in Gujarat for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor – the bullet train project.

However, contrary to the expectations, the project is not off to a flying start.

The work on the ground for this Rs 1.08 lakh crore project began in December 2017, but since then much of the development has been hampered by protests against land acquisitions done mostly by farmers and tribal communities in both Maharashtra and Gujarat. In May 2018, around 50,000 farmers from nearly 60 villages protested against the high-speed rail, according to The Hindu. Read more

Courtesy: The Quint

State Repression Forces Adivasis Out of Their Land in Odisha

The PESA law in India makes it mandatory for village councils to be consulted before any land and resource acquisition by higher-level authorities, but it is being blatantly violated in this Adivasi-dominated district of Odisha.

In the age of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, bullet trains, dams, amusement parks and shopping malls seem to have become markers of development. Both government and private entities are making a push for such development. But for Parmananda Munda, who is fighting for the land his community has lived on for 50 years, the government must be respectful of the law, if it truly wants sabka vikas or development for all.

By the law, Munda is referring to the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act of 1996 (PESA), which strengthens local self-governance and empowers panchayats to make decisions about land ownership and acquisition, natural resource management, minor forest produce and peace and dispute settlement. Read more

Courtesy: Feminism in India

झारखंडः पावर प्लांट अडानी का, ज़मीन से बेदखल हुए आदिवासी, ठेका चीन की कंपनी को, और बिजली दी जाएगी बंग्लादेश को

भारत के एक राज्य में एक निजी कम्पनी पावर प्लांट लगा रही है जिस क्षेत्र में वह पावर प्लांट लग रहा है वह क्षेत्र भारत मे सबसे कम बिजली उपलब्धता वाला क्षेत्र है लेकिन उस पावर प्लांट से निकलने वाली सारी बिजली में उस क्षेत्र का हिस्सा छोड़िए राज्य का भी कोई हिस्सा नही है। वह बिजली विदेश भेजी जा रही है जिस कम्पनी को उस पावर प्लांट बनाने का ठेका दिया गया है वह पूर्ण रूप से विदेशी ( चीनी ) कम्पनी है, जो कोयला उस पावर प्लांट में इस्तेमाल किया जाने वाला है वो भी भारत का नही है वह भी ऑस्ट्रेलिया से मंगाए जाने की योजना है, जबकि जिस जिले में वह पॉवर प्लांट लग रहा है वहाँ आधुनिक भारत की सबसे पुरानी कोयला खदान मौजूद हैं ओर वह राज्य देश का सबसे ज्यादा कोयला उत्पादन करने वाला राज्य है।

लेकिन कुछ लोगो के लिए यह बहुत खुशी की बात है कि इस प्लांट लगाने के नाम वहां बसे आदिवासियो को भगाया जा रहा है स्थानीय नदी से भारी मात्रा में पानी लिया जा रहा कोयला ढुलाई के नाम पर रेलवे लाइन बिछाने के लिए किसानों की जमीनों को छीना जा रहा है। अब आप शायद समझ गए होंगे कि यहाँ झारखंड के गोड्डा जिले में लगाए जा रहे अडानी के पावर प्लांट की बात हो रही है जिसकी बिजली बांग्लादेश को बेची जा रही है 1,600 मेगावाट के इस पावर प्लांट के निर्माण का ठेका अडानी ने चीन की कंपनी सेप्को-थ्री को दिया है। Read more

Courtesy: National Speak

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