Odisha Diary | Nov 17, 2022
New Delhi : Madhya Pradesh has notified its PESA Rules on the occasion of Janjatiya Gaurav Divas on 15th November, 2022. At the State Level Janjatiya Gaurav Divas Sammelan at Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh, Governor of Madhya Pradesh Shri Mangubhai Patel handed over the first copy of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA Act) Manual to the President of India Smt. Droupadi Murmu.
The PESA Act, now under implementation in Madhya Pradesh, will empower the Gram Sabhas to take decision on the rules and regulations with regard to all natural resources in the forest areas. The PESA Act will give more constitutional rights to the tribal people to reap the benefits of natural resources from the forest areas where they live. (more…)
The Hindu | Sumit Bhattacharjee | 09 Feb, 2022
Activity picks up at plant, power plant trial run held
Anrak Aluminium Limited (AAL) which was set up in 2014 with an investment of around ₹6,000 crore at Rachapalle in Makavarapalem mandal of Visakhpatnam district, is yet to go into production. The plant was set up with an installed capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per year, but with the cancellation of G.O. 97 by the Jagan Mohan Reddy government and the company failing to get a linkage for bauxite ore, the operation of the plant has been stalled. Now there are strong rumours that the company is gearing up to start production and it is learnt that initially February 5 was the date given but it had to be postponed to a later date. (more…)
Nimmalapadu’s protracted struggle: Despite legal win, 3 Andhra tribal villages fight to save land from mining
Down to Earth | Shagun | Jan 29, 2022
Villagers near Andhra-Odisha border are fighting the state for calcite reserves two decades after securing Supreme Court victory
In 1997, the residents of Nimmalapadu, a village in Andhra Pradesh, achieved the unthinkable: They won a legal battle against the state government and a private company to save their village from mining.
The Supreme Court overruled a 1993 Andhra Pradesh High Court order in favour of the state government, it declared that only people belonging to the Konda Dora tribe and their cooperatives can exploit the minerals in Fifth Schedule areas and that private mining here, even with government backing, is illegal. (more…)
जंगलो के विनाश और जंगल पर आश्रित समुदाय की अत्यन्त पीड़ा को शब्दों में पिरोकर श्री विभूति भूषण बंदोपाध्याय ने 1930 के दशक में “अरण्यक” नाम से बंगाली उपन्यास लिखा। जो कि आगे चलकर अत्यधिक प्रचलित हुआ और इसका अनुवाद कई भारतीय और विदेशी भाषाओं में किया गया।
इस उपन्यास की प्रेरणा से ओत प्रोत होकर, हर्षनियम नाम की एक पॉडकास्टिंग साइट ने “अरण्यक” के तेलुगु अनुवाद “वनवासी” का ऑडियो के रूप में पॉडकास्ट कर रही है। यह तेलुगु अनुवाद स्वर्गीय श्री सूरमपुड़ी सीताराम द्वारा किया गया है।
इसके अलावा हरसनियम, देश के विभिन्न हिस्सों से पर्यावरणविदों, सामाजिक कार्यकर्ताओं तथा सामाजिक वैज्ञानिकों का साक्षातकार भी पॉडकास्ट करती है, जो आजीवन आदिवासी हितों और पर्यावरण की संरक्षण के लिए कार्यरत हैं।
Written in 1930’s, ‘Aranyak’ is a highly popular Bengali Novel, which is translated into many Indian and Foreign Languages. It is written by Sri. Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyaya and is about the destruction of forests and about the suffering of people who are dependent on Forests.
‘Harshaneeyam’ is a podcasting site which is podcasting the novel in audio form in Telugu as ‘Vanavasi’, which is translated by late Sri. Soorampudi Sitharam.
Apart from this, There will be interviews from Conservationists, Scientists and activists who are working for the environment and the rights of Indigenous people from different parts of the country.
Click here for Harshaneeyam podcast
NEWS Click | May 04, 2020
The draft notification pushed during the lockdown, in more ways than one, tries to minimise public participation in determining impacts of any particular industrial project on livelihoods and environment.
New Delhi: In what could spell catastrophe for the lives and livelihoods of millions of citizens across the country, the Central government has sought to introduce new rules whereby environmental clearances can be granted to industrial projects on a post facto basis. That is, projects that have commenced operations – by way of construction, installation, excavation, production, etc – without obtaining necessary clearances can be legalised as per provisions of the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020 when it comes into effect. (more…)
The Times of India | Feb 18, 2020
VIJAYAWADA: The disquiet among the Adivasi community in the tribal regions of Visakhapatnam has been rising in recent months as the state government appears to be turning a blind eye to critical rulings by the courts, including the Supreme Court, on the rights of Adivasis to their land.<!–more–>
One important ruling on the rights of the Adivasis was given by the Supreme Court in July 1997. In its judgment filed in the lawsuit brought by Samata, a non-governmental organisation, the apex court declared null and void the transfer of land in the scheduled areas and also upheld the Forest Protection Act of 1980.
“The Supreme Court decision, which has since been called the Samata judgment, is by far the most progressive of rulings, but unfortunately its efficacy has been steadily diluted in AP and other states,” says Ravi Rebbapragada, who is the executive director of Samata, which had brought the lawsuit against the AP government. The Samata ruling had allocated 20% of the net profit to the local area development councils in the states, but somehow that order has been followed more in the breach than in practice, Rebbapragada claimed.
The AP government has also been tardy in enforcing laws pertaining to the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution, which governs the laws in Adivasi land. “While the AP government has not given any licence for mining of bauxite in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam, it has allowed the mining of laterite, which is also illegal. More importantly, the government has been allowing plains people to illegally set up so-called tourism projects in Agency areas like Lambasingi, Paderu and Anantagiri,” Rebbapragada alleged.
“The Adivasis are even not paid minimum wages. They are treated like slaves by owners of guest houses and hotels and other attractions in these places,” Rebbapragada said.
Apart from over-exploiting the fragile ecology of the Agency areas, tourists have made a mess of the region with rampant littering. “Dallapalli has been almost drowned in single-use plastic bags and other litter, which has not been removed by the administration, making it clear that it wants to exploit the Agency areas at the expense of the Adivasis who have been living in the region for generations, eking a living out of the forests,” he added.
The alleged continuing onslaught on Adivasi rights has prompted them to get together to launch an agitation for the protection of the Fifth Schedule rights. The community held a massive show of strength in Paderu on February 12 which was attended by over one lakh people. A joint action committee of the Adivasis has also requested the AP government to resolve their issues at the earliest.
According to EAS Sarma, a former Union expenditure secretary, Adivasis’ land was being commandeered illegally by plains people on the pretext of setting up hotels in Anantagiri, Paderu and Lambasingi .
Dainik Jagran | Feb 18, 2020
संविधान के जानकार विश्वनाथ सिंह सरदार ने कहा कि झारखंड उन दस राज्यों में शामिल जिसमें भारतीय संविधान की पांचवी अनुसूची लागू होती है। इसलिए शिड्यूल एरिया में खनन लीज और जमीन अधिग्रहण के लिए ग्राम सभा की अनुमति जरूरी है। ग्राम सभा की अनुमति के बिना शिड्यूल एरिया में खनन अथवा उद्योग नहीं लगाया जा सकता है। इसके लिए ग्राम सभा होना जरूरी है। शिड्यूल एरिया में किसी कीमत पर गैर आदिवासी और कारपोरेट को खनन पट्टा नहीं दिया जा सकता है। इस सम्बंध ने सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने भी आदेश दिया है। विश्वनाथ सिंह सरदार सोमवार को राजनगर प्रखंड के चंवरबांधा गांव में ग्रामीणों को संविधान में उल्लेखित उनके अधिकारों एवं नियमों की जानकारी दे रहे थे। उन्होंने कहा कि शिड्यूल एरिया में किसी कीमत पर गैर आदिवासी और कारपोरेट को खनन पट्टा नहीं दिया जा सकता है। अगर इस क्षेत्र में खनन करना है तो सरकार खुद या फिर ट्राइबल की सोसाइटी बनाकर यह काम कर सकती है। उन्होंने कहा कि राज्य में समता जजमेंट कड़ाई से लागू होना चाहिया। मौके पर उनके साथ वीरेन पाल, झामुमो के केंद्रीय सदस्य हिरालाल सतपथी, रुद्रप्रताप महतो आदि उपस्थित थे।
Counterview.net | Feb 10, 2020
A civil rights organization, Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha (JJM) suspects that “growing influence” of Satipati cult, started in Gujarat, exhorting people to boycott government schemes and elections, on one hand, and religious practices of Adivasis, on the other, may be behind the recent killing of seven persons in Burugulikera village, West Singhbhum district, Jharkahnd. (more…)
Scroll.in | Nov 19, 2019
Adivasis say they are being hounded for invoking the Constitution to protect their land rights.
After Haryana and Maharashtra, we travelled to Jharkhand where state assembly elections will be held in five phases starting from November 30. In Khunti district, an hour from the state capital, Ranchi, Adivasi villages are debating whether to boycott the elections as part of a protest movement called Pathalgadi, which literally means the laying of stones. (more…)