Roadmap for reconsideration of rejected claims under FRA sought

The Hindu | Visakhapatnam | June 18, 2019

‘74,364 pleas on individual rights over 1.38 lakh acres rejected in State’

A roundtable organised by Girijana Sangham affiliated to Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch on Monday demanded that a roadmap for reconsidering the rejected claims under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) be announced by the government and no girijan be displaced.

Participating in the programme, former bureaucrat E.A.S. Sarma said the schedule should be announced and the rejected applications should be undertaken by grama sabhas again. Read more

UP forest dept cites stayed SC order for eviction

Down To Earth | Ishan Kukreti | June 17, 2019

Although activists and forest dwellers could resist this attempt, the notice that came a day after still didn’t have any mention of the stay

The Uttar Pradesh Forest Department last week tried to evict scores of forest dwellers whose forest rights claims didn’t pass muster, citing a Supreme Court order, activists claimed. The catch: the apex court itself had stayed its order.

The department’s personnel on June 14, 2019, tried to evict 99 villagers at Bhagwatpur in Saharanpur district’s behat block. Their claims (out of a total 133 in the village) under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006 [FRA] were rejected in 2015. Read more

Do we allow Adivasis to survive?

The Hans India | Madabhushi Sridhar | June 18, 2019

Article 21 of our Constitution says every person, (including forest dwelling Adivasis), has a guaranteed right to life and if this right is breached, he has a right to constitutional remedy under Article 32 to approach the Supreme Court or any High Court under Article 226.

Most of the tribals do not know their rights and protection process and it is almost impossible for them to travel up to capital cities to seek remedy for deprivation. Read more

‘Will fight against mining all my life’, says Araku’s first-time MP

Hindustan Times | TR Vivek | June 17, 2019

Almost all of Andhra’s estimated 600-million-tonne bauxite reserves — about a fifth of India’s – are concentrated in the Eastern Ghats. Governments and businesses have been eyeing them for the past two decades.

On the electoral map of Andhra Pradesh, Araku sticks out like a sore, neglected thumb. A reserved parliamentary constituency for Scheduled Tribes (ST), Araku can be unwieldy for its representatives. It comprises assembly segments from four districts — Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari. The farthest ends from the north to south are about 400km apart, mostly covered with the dense forests of the Eastern Ghats. With a predominantly tribal population, this is among the most underdeveloped regions, not just in the state, but in all of India. With its remoteness, ethnic diversity, and multiplicity of tribal languages, the political rhythm of Araku can be quite distinct from the mainstream. Read more

Bangladesh’s coal-fired power plants puts Sunderbans on ‘natural sites in danger’: report

Business Standard | June 15, 2019

The official advisory organisation on natural World Heritage has recommended putting the Sundarbans on a list of natural sites in danger as Bangladesh has continued implementing a coal-fired power plant project near the forest, a media report said on Saturday.

The World Heritage Committee of 21 governments is scheduled to decide on the recommendations by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in its annual meeting in Azerbaijan from June 30 to July 10, the bdnews24.com reported. Read more

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