Memorandum submitted by the Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD) to the President of India, the Odisha governor, and the Odisha chief minister, following a tribal and other forest dwellers rally in Bhubaneswar, asking the Supreme Court to scrap its order of February 13 on allegedly seeking to evict lakhs of forest dwellers from their … Continue reading Plea to dismiss “anti-tribal, anti-forest dwellers” Supreme Court Order dated 13th February, 2019
By Debjeet Sarangi* The mainstream development paradigm has aggravated discontent among Adivasi communities. The reasons are not difficult to recognise—it encourages the siege of native resources, drives competition, is surplus-driven, instils private ownership, and consequently, is affecting the cultural identity of Adivasi peoples. Adivasi thought leaders believe that the root causes for the failure of … Continue reading How development excludes Adivasi peoples, affecting their identity and well-being
Three years before the Forest Rights Act (FRA) came into force, scholars RK Rao and SR Sankaran wrote in the “Economic and Political Weekly” (November 15, 2003) how a variety of forest myths and a jungle of forest laws had over the years served to deny social justice to the forest-dwelling tribals, pointing out, however, … Continue reading Golden opportunity to meet, resolve tribal land issues, access to own forest resources, lost?
Civil rights organizations Community Forest Rights-Learning and Advocacy process (CFR-LA) All India Forum for Forest Movements (AIFFM) and Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch (MAKAAM) have worked out a Citizens’ Charter on forest rights vision and promise of FRA. Its demands are proposed to be placed before the political parties for the upcoming elections. Seeking broader consensus, … Continue reading Ensure recognition of all community, individual forest rights of STs, OTFDs; single, married women
Civil rights organization of Goa, Gawada Kunbi Velip & Dhangar Federation, has represented to the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes chairperson on the behalf tribes of Goa, highlighting tribal issues which need urgent attention. Text of the memorandum, submitted by the organization’s general secretary Rupesh Soiru Velip: The Gakuved Federation is an organization registered which … Continue reading Mining, real lobbies, tourism projects are seeking to destroy areas where tribal communities live in Goa
A written representation was made by civil rights organizations, Samata and mines, minerals & People (mm&P), to members of Parliament* of different political parties in relation to social and economic issues faced by tribals and other marginalized communities due to the various development programmes of the government. The representation said, “The Constitution laid the … Continue reading Tribals’ socio-economic, cultural rights being compromised in race to meet developmental goals
On the 3rd of December 2018, while replying to the Government of Maharashtra's query on whether the processes under FRA need to be completed before a proposal is sent for prior approval (Stage I clearance) for diversion of forest land, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), in a reply, has suggested the … Continue reading Forest dwellers’ consent must before proposing any developmental activity on their land