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Concern over the government’s moves to dilute the requirement for Gram Sabha consent in violation of the Forest Right’s Act (FRA)

Issue Date: Sep 13, 2014
September 12, 2014: Recent media reports suggest that the Central government is planning to weaken protective legislations that ensure rights of Adivasis and forest dwellers over their land, forests and natural resources. Specifically, the proposal to do away with the mandatory informed Gram Sabha consent required by the historical Forest Rights Act, which forest dwelling communities got enacted by Parliament through prolonged struggle, for diversion of forest land for developmental projects will be a violation of the Act and a major infringement of forest dwellers rights.

Don’t take away Gram Sabha’s powers under FRA: activists petition Modi

Issue Date: Sep 12, 2014
See also:  Press Release Concern over the government’s moves to dilute the requirement for Gram Sabha consent in violation of the Forest Right’s Act (FRA)  

Ozone: good news and bad news

Issue Date: Sep 12, 2014

Odisha’s villages of plumbers

Author(s): Ashis Senapati
Issue Date: Sep 12, 2014
The riverside villages in four blocks of Odisha’s coastal district of Kendrapada present a clean, prosperous and serene environment. They have good roads and people look relatively well off. The region is famous in the state as the “villages of Plumbers”.
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