Recognising grassroots leaders who fought for livelihood, social justice in scheduled areas of India

Activists associated with Samata, in collaboration with mines, minerals and People (mm&P) have been relentlessly fighting for social justice, mostly in schedule five areas and other tribal belts at a time when the indigenous communities are  losing out on their access to land, and other natural resources. A few of them were felicitated by Dr … More Recognising grassroots leaders who fought for livelihood, social justice in scheduled areas of India

Industrial units, other projects operating without environmental clearances to be legalised?

By Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli* On March 14, 2017, the Environment Ministry issued a notification providing a chance to all projects operating without Environmental Clearances (EC) to apply for ECs. Basically, the government has offered a scheme to turn illegal projects into legal units just as tax defaulters are offered a one-time reprieve. However, this notification … More Industrial units, other projects operating without environmental clearances to be legalised?

FETP: Perfect example of privatisation of profits; socialisation of costs, burdens and hazards

Letter to the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India,  seeking cancellation of the Consolidated Consent and Authorization (CC & A) and issue closure notice to Narmada Clean Tech (NCT), Ankleshwar, as the Final Effluent Treatment Plant’ (FETP) consistently does not meet the prescribed GPCB norms since its inception by Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti’s Rohit Prajapati and Krishnakant: … More FETP: Perfect example of privatisation of profits; socialisation of costs, burdens and hazards

India’s HDI value for 2015 is 0.624, which put the country in medium human development category

Excerpts from the “Briefing note for countries on the 2016 Human Development Report: India”: Human Development Index is a summary measure for assessing progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living. A long and healthy life is measured by life expectancy … More India’s HDI value for 2015 is 0.624, which put the country in medium human development category

Housing for All? Little scope for the poorer sections to take advantage of government schemes

By Bilal Khan* ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing for All’ (PMAY-HFA) is one of the schemes started by Prime Minister Modi that has raised high hopes among urban poor living in informal settlements in major cities of India. As the name of the scheme suggests, it claims to provide housing to each needy person by the … More Housing for All? Little scope for the poorer sections to take advantage of government schemes