Allow only tribals to contest in scheduled areas: E.A.S. Sarma

The Hindu | March 09, 2020

Social activist and former IAS officer E.A.S. Sarma has criticised reservation of ZPTC and MPTC seats in the scheduled areas for non-tribals.

In a representation to Principal Secretary, Tribal Welfare, R.P. Sisodia, he said some ZPTC and MPTC seats had been reportedly reserved for non-tribals in the scheduled areas of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts.

“In my view, it is highly imprudent on the part of the State government to reserve any seats in ZPTCs and MPTCs for non-tribals in the scheduled areas of the State.” Read more

Supreme Court upholds 2018 order on land acquisition

The Hindu | March 06, 2020

Land acquisition will not lapse if relief is paid to treasury, the Court says.

The Supreme Court on Friday reaffirmed its February 2018 ruling on Section 24 on land acquisition compensation awards, given by a three-judge bench, led by Justice Arun Mishra, in the Indore Development Authority case. Read more

Growing influence of Gujarat’s Satipati cult ’caused’ Jharkhand Burugulikera killings | 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. Read more

In Gujarat, Tribal Evictions, State Repression in the Guise of Tourism

The Wire | Feb 06, 2020

The new Statue of Unity Act illegally converts a forested area over which the local tribal population has constitutionally guaranteed rights into an ‘urban’ area in which they will need government permission to do anything.

The recently enacted ‘Statue of Unity (SoU) Area Development and Tourism Governance Act, 2019’ in Gujarat comes amidst a terrifying atmosphere of intimidation, house arrests, detention and, FIRs, not to mention the overarching implementation of Section 144 across the state. Read more

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