Local tribals, farmers, fisherfolk and other sections are up in arms against the proposed DMIC

Several civil rights organizations of Gujarat and Maharashtra, including Khedut Samaj Gujarat, mines, minerals & People, Adivasi Ekta Parishad, Bhoomi Sena and Kashtkari Samgathan, took out a huge rally in Talasari in Maharashtra on August 9, which also happens to be the World Indigenous People’s day. Memorandum sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the end of the rally:

We, the farmers, tribals, fisherfolks, labourers and citizens men and women of Gujarat and Maharashtra have gathered here today at Talasari (Maharashtra) under the common banner of ‘Bhoomi Putra Bachao Andolan’, on the occasion of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples and Kranti Divas, to highlight our fears and apprehensions on account of the proposed and planned Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). Read more

Will Govt of India ministers be allowed to stand by assurances on tribal rights given to them, wonder senior activists

Will the Modi government  oblige Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram, who assured a civil rights group of “protect” tribal rights in mining areas by forming an all-party tribal MPs’ committee to look into why India-wide implementation of the Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA, 1996)?
PESA gives full powers to gram sabhas to people living in scheduled areas, mainly tribals, full rights to decide on how to utilize natural resources. Read more

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