How Maharashtra, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu Use Outdated State Laws To Acquire Land

IndiaSpend | Nihar Gokhale, Land Conflict Watch | October 9, 2019

Maharashtra and Karnataka are using decades-old land acquisition laws–similar to a now-defunct colonial-era law–to acquire land for large projects, bypassing a more recent central law that provides for landowners’ consent and fair compensation.

However, the Madras High Court in July 2019 termed a similar law in Tamil Nadu “null and void”, putting a question mark on all three states’ practices, and giving activists a chance to challenge the states in court. Read more

Consultations in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi on impact of mining on livelihood, health | Oct 04, 2019

A series of civil society consultations were held in Udaipur (Rajasthan), Bhavnagar (Gujarat), Dahanu (Maharshtra) and Constitution Club of India (New Delhi) on adverse impact of mining on people’s livelihood and health, especially vulnerable sections such as tribals, women and children, and how illegal mining has made things worse. Detailed notes of each of the consultations: Read more

Gujarat HC Stays Land Acquisition Around Sardar Patel Statue

News Click | Damayantee Dhar | August 29, 2019

The land is said to be acquired in order to accommodate hotels, safari park, 33 state bhavans and other recreational extravaganza around the statue.

Gujarat government has come up with a proposal to acquire more land belonging to tribal villagers of villages around Sadhu bet island, on which Sardar Patel’s Statue of Unity stands in Narmada district of Gujarat. Reportedly, the land is said to be acquired in order to accommodate hotels, safari park, 33 state bhavans and other recreational extravaganza around the statue that is said to affect about 5,000 tribals from six villages. Read more

IIT-Gandhinagar to run on-site bullet train studies

The Times of India | Parth Shastri | August 29, 2019

AHMEDABAD: Researchers from (IIT-Gn) will carry out on-site studies for the high-speed railway (HSR) corridor between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Prof Amit Prashant, the officiating director of IIT-Gn, said that the HSR Innovation Trust, consisting of several stakeholders from India and Japan, has been set up to work on technical issues.

A seminar of stakeholders was organized on IIT-Gn’s campus on Tuesday. Among the attendees were Achal Khare, the managing director of National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL), and Dr Norimichi Kumagai, the president of Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI), Japan. Read more

Adivasis And The Indian State: Successive govts distorted Tribal Sub Plan policy, denied community fair share of budgetary reserves

First post | Abhay Xaxa | August 27, 2019

The Tribal Sub Plan, which was a critical element of financial policy for managing tribal affairs in India, has been given a quiet burial.

This decision massively robs tribal communities of their development rights.
Despite clear guidelines, the TSP remained under-allocated for all the 45 years of its implementation.

The government has totally ignored the foundational linkage between PESA and TSP, and hence engineered a robbery of unimaginable proportions. Read more

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