बैलाडीला अडानी खनन का मामला : मेरा कातिल ही मेरा मुंसिफ है, क्या मेरे हक में वो फैसला देगा ?

Sangharsh Samvad | June 12, 2019

छत्तीसगढ़ के बस्तर क्षेत्र स्थित बैलाडीला की एक पहाड़ी को बचाने के लिए तकरीबन 20 हज़ार आदिवासी पिछले पांच दिनों से प्रदर्शन कर रह हैं। सरकार ने अडानी को यह पहाड़ी खनन करने के लिए दे दिया है। आंदोलन के चौथे दिन छत्तीसगढ़ सरकार ने बस्तर के सांसद दीपक बैज और पूर्व केंद्रीय मंत्री अरविंद नेताम के नेतृत्व में आए प्रतिनिधिमंडल से मुलाकात के बाद अवैध वन कटाई और फर्जी ग्राम सभा की जांच कराने का आदेश दिया। इस जाँच आदेश के अनुसार वन कटाई की जांच वन विभाग को ही दी गई है, जिसने पेड़ो की कटाई की थी वही अब जाँच करके छत्तीसगढ़ सरकार को बताएगा ? पढ़िए छत्तीसगढ़ सरकार के आदेश पर आलोक शुक्ला की टिप्पणी और देखिए स्थानीय आंदोलनकारी इस आदेश पर क्या बोले ; Read more

Quietly, Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali group has crept into Aravalli hills

Business Standard | Nitin Sethi, Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava | Faridabad | June 06, 2019

The yoga guru’s companies and associates, bypassing restrictions, have discreetly purchased a large tract of forested, hilly common land in a village in Faridabad, Haryana

The Patanjali group, through companies controlled by Acharya Balkrishna, and some of their closely-associated land dealers, has picked up more than 400 acres of forested common lands in the Aravalli hills of Faridabad, Haryana. It has done so, mostly over 2014-16, by circumventing restrictions put in place on sale of such common lands in Kot village, under more than 300 power-of-attorney agreements. Read more

‘SC order on land rights against spirit of Constitution’

The Hindu | Special Correspondent | Vizag | June 06, 2019

Around 66,000 adivasi families in State face eviction, says farmers’ body.

Alleging that the directive issued by Supreme Court on February 13 on eviction of tribal people from forest land is against the letter and spirit of the Schedule V and VI of the Constitution and other acts that protect the tribal rights, the members of All India Khet Majdoor Kisan Sabha (AIKMKS) have demanded that the order be revoked.

The AIKMKS members and leaders from several tribal organisations from Andhra Pradesh, neighbouring Telangana and Odisha deliberated on the issue during a day-long convention here on Wednesday. Read more

Amid fears of eviction, protecting forest rights of tribals to top Arjun Munda’s agenda

The Times of India | Ambika Pandit | June 2, 2019

A former three-time CM of Jharkhand and current MP from Khunti, Arjun Munda will lead the ministry of tribal affairs in the Modi government at a critical juncture.

The most important issue at hand involves establishing the exact number of rejected claims of land ownership of tribals and non-tribals under Forest Rights Act, 2006. The matter on eviction of rejected claims is scheduled to be heard in Supreme Court in July. Read more

Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project: State to ‘forcefully’ acquire land, process to complete in two months

Mumbai Mirror | June 2, 2019

Process to complete in two months; no more negotiations with andowners, say sources.

Under pressure to complete the land acquisition process for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project, the Maharashtra government has decided to take the land “forcefully” in the next two months under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, also called the Land Acquisition Act. In other words, there will be no more negotiations with land-owning farmers or tribals. The Act allows the government for compulsory acquisition without the wilful consent of owner or occupant in order to benefit society; it is exercised essentially in social and public projects. Read more

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