Bill to acquire tribal land for dev. schemes passed

The Chhattisgarh Assembly on Thursday passed the Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code (Amendment) bill which would facilitate the government to acquire tribal land for various development schemes.

The bill, presented by Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey, was opposed by Opposition members during discussions in the House.

After tabling the bill, the minister said that the amendment in the previous Act will ease the process of land acquisition in the tribal areas for various welfare schemes. Congress member Mohan Markam while opposing the amendment said that the fifth schedule in the tribal area protects the interests of tribals but the new amendment would create distress.

The tribals provided their land for Lohandiguda and Nagarnar projects but unfortunately they have not received any benefit, he said.

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Courtesy: The pioneer

Adivasi rights groups petition Parliament against Compensatory Afforestation Fund law

Adivasi rights groups from across the country have petitioned Parliament demanding that the government should either repeal the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016, or amend it to ensure that Adivasi rights under the Forest Rights Act, 2009, are not violated by the compensatory plantations that the law facilitates.

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is in the process of finalising the rules to implement this law, which seeks to manage the distribution of funds – now amounting to more than Rs 50,000 crore – collected as a levy from industries, miners and others who need to fell forests for their projects. The Act allocates this fund to the forest departments of states to set up plantations to replace the lost forests.

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Amid Adivasi-Lambada tension, cops gear up for tribal jatara in Adilabad district of Telangana

ADILABAD: With the onset of Pushya masam, the sacred period for Adivasis, district administrations in the erstwhile Adilabad district, are on tenterhooks as the month witnesses a series of jataras, where Adivasis and Lambadas congregate in large numbers.Adilabad, Mancherial, Kumram Bheem, Asifabad and Nirmal districts are reeling under a wave of protests and clashes between the two communities with Adivasis demanding the exclusion of Lambadas from ST category status.

The period upto January 20 will see jataras and deekshas of respective clans organised across the district. The most famous among them is Jangu Bai Jatara. Jataras such as Gandhari Maisamma, Keslapur Nagoba and others will be held during month-long festival.  During this one month period, Adivasis do not consume liquor, stay away from other vices and spend most of the time in prayers. For Nagoba jatara, though it is predominantly a festival of Adivasis, Lambadas too will attend the jatara, where darbar will be held on one of days. The authorities are apprehensive that the situation might escalate if the two groups clash once again.

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Courtesy: The New Indian Express

Tribal, banjara clash: Security tightened on state border

Chandrapur: The police have tightened security in villages along the state border in Jiwti tehsil here, following rising tension between tribal and banjara (Lambada) communities in neighbouring Telangana state.

The situation is tense in adjacent Adilabad district of Telangana since several days as tribals are demanding exclusion of Lambada (banjaras) from schedule tribe. There are reports of clashes and arson in habitation of both communities. There are a good number of Banjara habitations in tribal dominated Jiwti tehsil along the border area. The repercussion of the row between the two communities in Telangana is being felt in border villages of Jiwti tehsil in Chandrapur district.

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Courtesy: The Times of India

Vellingiri Tribal Society vows to hold public meeting in Chennai to expose Isha

Forced to call off its first anniversary celebrations due to the denial of venue by a private hotel that was allegedly threatened by the powers that be, the Vellingiri Hill Tribal Protection Society has planned to conduct a public meeting at a public place in Chennai shortly.

Formed to retrieve the 44 acres of land, that originally belongs to them, from the Isha Foundation headed by godman Jaggi Vasudev, the association had organised an eventful celebration entailing a workshop having speakers, including ‘water man’ Rajendra Singh, Thirumurugan Gandhi of May 17 Movement, Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam founder Kolathur Mani, Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam general secretary K Ramakrishnan and environmental activist Piyush Manush among others, on board.

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Courtesy: Covai POst

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