Odisha govt lures industries via land banks, alienates people from commons

Life has never been easy for the residents of Gurjanga village in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district. The only motorable road to the village ends five kilometres from it. After that, a muddy trail along a thick forest of kendu, mahua and karanja to access the village. So last year, when forest officials offered to build the road, residents of the 70-household village were overwhelmed. “In return, they wanted us to give up our village forest so that the department can set up a teak plantation,” recounts Arun Shamal. “It was a difficult decision because most of us depend on forest produce for a living. Our livestock also graze here,” says Kirtan Pradhan, another resident. Last year, he earned Rs 15,000 selling mahua flowers and kendu leaf plates. The officials, claim the residents, particularly persuaded Shamal and Pradhan whose 0.3 ha of private land was surrounded by the forest. “They felled the entire forest and trees on our plots soon after receiving our consent and have planted 6,000 teak and 400 gambhiri saplings,” says Shamal, adding they have not received any written document or compensation for forgoing their land. Read more

Courtesy: Down to Earth

Labour safety ignored at Rampal plant

The death of 15-year-old Sajib, a worker at the Rampal Power Plant site, brought attention to an issue that went previously unnoticed — the lack of safety gears and the unsafe conditions that the plant workers have to face.

Sajib, on Friday, was electrocuted during work, as he was not wearing any protective gears. Three others were injured when they tried to save him.

They were rescued and taken to hospital by their co-workers. No authorities concerned of the plant, however, came to their aid. Read more

Courtesy: The Daily Star

आदिवासियों को पट्टा देकर जमीन देना भूली सरकार, 18 साल बाद भी खेतिहर किसान नहीं बन पाए आठ हजार आदिवासी

जवा क्षेत्र के डेढ़ हजार गरीबों को बांटे गए थे खेती योग्य जमीनों के पट्टे, जर्जर हो गए भू-अधिकार पत्र, नहीं मिला जमीन पर कब्जा

रीवा. कहने को तो नौ एकड़ जमीन की मालकिन। भूख और प्यास मिटाने के लिए गांव की गलियों में लोगों के सामने गिड़गिड़ा रही हैं। आप यकीन नहीं करेंगे सरकारी सिस्टम का ऐसा जख्म की दो वक्त की रोटी के लिए जिंदगी से जंग लड़ रही हैं। हम बात कर रहे हैं डभौरा क्षेत्र के पुरवा गांव की दो बुजुर्ग महिलाएं छोटकइया और बडक़इया आदिवासी की।
जमीन के इंतजार में दुनिया से चल बसे 9 आदिवासी परिवार जिले के जवा तहसील के घुमन गांव के सुदामापुर गांव में 9 आदिवासियों को खेतिहर किसान बनाने के लिए करीब 81 एकड़ जमीन का पट्टा दिया गया था, लेकिन जमीन पर कब्जा नहीं मिला। पट्टे धारक के परिवार में मात्र दो महिलाएं बची हैं। छोटकइया और बडक़इया के नाम से सरकारी रेकॉर्ड में नौ एकड़ जमीन तो है, लेकिन उस पर गांव के ही लोगों का कब्जा है। Read more

Courtesy: Patrika

These are India’s richest lands inhabited by some of the most deprived people

More than three years after the Centre rolled out the District Mineral Foundation (DMF)—an institution set up to benefit India’s mining-affected people—life remains a daily struggle for Jhinki, a resident of Chhattisgarh’s tribal Korba district. The irony is that despite having an impressive Rs 674 crore, the DMF fund in Korba has done little to provide Jhinki and others in the district access to clean water, healthcare, nutrition, education or livelihood options. The plight of Jhinki is shared by many more people in India’s mining areas, even though the country has collected over Rs 19,400 crore under DMF. Read more

Courtesy: Down to Earth

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