In many places in India, conflicts associated with land use change have become the new norm

Excerpt from “Midcourse Manoeuvres: Community strategies and remedies for natural resource conflicts in India” by Kanchi Kohli, Meenakshi Kapoor, Manju Menon and Vidya Viswanathan, CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program, New Delhi (2018): Land use change is a wicked problem for an aspirational economy like India. In the last three decades, the government has expanded the network … More In many places in India, conflicts associated with land use change have become the new norm

Andhra land bill empowers state to infringe upon people’s rights over natural resources

Forty six civil society organizations, in a joint statement, have said that the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill of Andhra Pradesh is “anti-people”, demanding its withdrawal: We the people’s movements and Civil Society Organisations from across India condemn the Presidential assent to the recent amendment Bill passed by the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, severely diluting provisions … More Andhra land bill empowers state to infringe upon people’s rights over natural resources

Ensure regularization of Gramin Dak Sevaks, who are backbone of rural communication in India

NAPM solidarity statement on the demands of Gramin Dak Sevaks to implement the Kamlesh Chandra Committee Report: National Alliance of People’s Movements extends its support to the struggle of All India Gramin Dak Sevaks Union (AIGDSU)’s and their demand to implement the recommendation of Kamlesh Chandra Committee Report on Gramin Das Sevaks. Rural India Post Employees … More Ensure regularization of Gramin Dak Sevaks, who are backbone of rural communication in India

Supreme Court’s naïve assumption: State govts function for the best interests of rural workers

NREGA Sangharsh Mocha note on Supreme Court judgement in Swaraj Abhiyan PIL: The much awaited Supreme Court judgement in the Swaraj Abhiyan PIL has let down millions of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) workers — the most marginalised citizens of India who need employment and social security.  The Court has ignored the wealth of evidence … More Supreme Court’s naïve assumption: State govts function for the best interests of rural workers

Polavaram Project: Corruption and irregularities in land acquisition and rehabilitation process

By Amit Kumar* A Fact-Finding Committee (FFC) that visited the Polavaram Multipurpose Project affected villages in Andhra Pradesh last month released its brief report, with observations and recommendations, confirming the numerous complaints of legal and procedural violations, corruption and irregularities in the land acquisition and rehabilitation process. The Committee noted with grave concern that the … More Polavaram Project: Corruption and irregularities in land acquisition and rehabilitation process

Delay in MGNREGA wage payment continues despite SC instruction to pay in 15 days of doing work

NREGA Sangharsh Mocha Stagnant wage rates are not the only rude shock that workers of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) received this month. Most of the them also remain unpaid for the work done by them in the past few months. Ninety-nine per cent of the Fund Transfer Orders (FTOs) for … More Delay in MGNREGA wage payment continues despite SC instruction to pay in 15 days of doing work

Govt policies for curtailing rural pollution aren’t designed effectively, nor are implemented well

Excerpts from the working paper “Outdoor Air Pollution in Rural North India” by Nikhil Srivastav and Sangita Vyas, published  by Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (r.i.c.e.), based on visit to Reusa, a block in Uttar Pradesh: By January 2017, the Ujjwala Yojana, a government scheme that subsidizes liquid petroleum gas (LPG) connections, was sweeping across … More Govt policies for curtailing rural pollution aren’t designed effectively, nor are implemented well