Eviction notice served on “encroachers” at Ajjore village

Udhagamandalam: Based on an order by the Madras High Court, the forest department has issued notice to 140 encroachers in Ajjore village falling under Kattabettu range of forests in the Nilgiris. The encroached land, defined as reserve forest area in 1985 under Section 4 of Tamil Nadu Forest Act, extends up to nearly 300 acres.
In 1980, over 300 acres of lands in Ajjore village were identified as reserve forest area and a proposal under Section 4 of Tamil Nadu Forest Act 1882 was submitted by the forest department to the district administration. After due perusal by settlement officer, the lands extending up to 298.20 acres, leaving around 12 acres for the public usage of the villagers, was notified under Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Forest Act in G O no 279 dated March 7, 1980.

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Courtesy: The Times of India

Displaced by Mining, Peru Villagers Spurn Shiny New Town

This remote town in Peru’s southern Andes was supposed to serve as a model for how companies can help communities uprooted by mining.

Named Nueva Fuerabamba, it was built to house around 1,600 people who gave up their village and farmland to make room for a massive, open-pit copper mine.

The new hamlet boasts paved streets and tidy houses with electricity and indoor plumbing, once luxuries to the indigenous Quechua-speaking people who now call this place home.

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Courtesy: Voa News

Kaleshwaram: EAC asks Telangana to compensate farmers under 2013 Land Acquisition Act

The Expert Appraisal Committee of union environment ministry has directed Telangana to compensate the farmers under the Land Acquisition Act 2013, in a major relief and success to lakhs of farmers opposing coercive land acquisition and seeking fair compensation.

The EAC made these directives while according conditional nod to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government’s ambitious Rs 80,000 crore Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project.

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Courtesy: The Economic Times

 

LS takes up Bill to amend law on govt acquiring land for

New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) A bill for amending regulations governing compensation amount payable for acquisition of immovable property by the central government for defence and security purposes was moved in the Lok Sabha today.

The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was moved by newly appointed Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

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Courtesy: India Today

Rampant violation of community forest rights

States exploit the delay in the drafting of rules for the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act to assert rights over land claimed by communities under the Forest Rights Act In February, forest officials planted 60,000 teak saplings on a 300-ha forestland that is being considered for community rights under the Forest Rights Act, 2006, in Odisha’s Pidikia village (Source: Laxmidhara Murmu)

More than a year after Parliament passed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act 2016 (CAF), the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) is yet to roll out the mandatory rules to implement it. In fact, the ministry in November asked an extension till January 3, 2018, from the Rajya Sabha Committee on Subordinate Legislation to finalise the rules, which set the deadline of June 2017. “The proposed rules are currently with the ministry’s integrated finance division,” says D K Sinha, inspector general, forest, MoEF&CC and member of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).

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Courtesy: The Hans India

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