NHRC asks Odisha govt to pay Rs 1000 each to tribal girls who had to leave hostel

BHUBANESWAR: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on November 22 directed the state government to pay compensation of Rs 1000 each to 161 tribal girl students of Bhaluguda Sevashram in Malkangiri district for not giving them enough food and adequate standard of living.

The girls had left the hostel, run by the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes department, on November 25, 2013 complaining that the hostel did not give them sufficient food. The copy of the NHRC order was made available online on Thursday.

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Courtesy: The Times of India

Grama sabha fails to assuage Vemulaghat villagers

‘No copy of minutes was given and many of the objections raised were not addressed’

Vemulaghat village is in the news for the past one-and-half year or so with demands for implementation of Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act – 2013 (LA Act -2013). Withstanding pressures from different sections, the villagers even approached the court demanding implementation of the LA Act which forced the government to conduct grama sabhas in the village. After the grama sabhas, the villagers are alleging that they were not supplied with copy of the minutes of the meeting.

“A grama sabha was held in our village on October 21, 2017. But the minutes’ copy was not given to us despite repeated appeals. Why was a copy not supplied and our doubts not cleared?” asked the villagers of Vemulaghat in a letter addressed to the authorities.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

Acquiring land in tribal zones gets easier for vital projects

Mumbai: The governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday issued a notification that will not require the resolution of gram sabhas for acquiring land for vital projects in tribal zones. This will help in land acquisition for bigger upcoming projects like the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train and the Samruddhi Mahamarg. According to right to land activists, the decision goes against the tribals’ land rights and will only
hamper them.

Earlier, it was necessary for the government to seek get a resolution passed from the gram sabha for acquiring land for major infrastructure projects, apart from taking the individual’s permission.

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Courtesy: The Asian Age

New threat to tribal farmers? Notification allows Maharashtra govt to take away tribal land without gram sabha nod

A new danger awaits the rural areas under the influence of the proposed Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). If a recent Maharashtra government notification, a copy which is with Counterview, is any indication, it empowers the state government to acquire tribal land for industrial development without seeking any gram sabha nod.

Apprehensions have gone strong, similar notifications may be issued by Gujarat and Rajasthan governments, undermining tribals’ forest rights under existing laws, including the Forest Rights Act, 2006, and the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996, which make consultation with tribal gram sabhas mandatory.

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Courtesy: Counterview

Trudeau government to introduce new law in 2018 to make polluters pay

Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna has confirmed that the free ride for Canada’s climate-polluting industries will legally come to an end.

The federal government is ready to force polluters to pay for their carbon emissions and will introduce a new law — as planned — in 2018 to achieve that goal, said a spokeswoman for McKenna.

“We’ve been very clear that there needs to be a price on carbon across Canada in 2018 and we will be introducing legislation to make that a legal requirement,” Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers told National Observer on Nov. 23. “Many provinces and territories already have systems in place or are working hard to adopt them ahead of that deadline.”

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Courtesy: National Observer

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