Friday 29 November 2013

Author(s): Kundan Pandey

Will welfare schemes win votes for UPA?

Will welfare schemes win votes for UPA?

An analysis of Brazil’s last three elections suggests that peopleÔÇêdo vote for parties for such initiatives, but only when these are backed by structural changes to ensure their continuity

Rights without benefits

Over 1.3 million tribals and forest dwellers have got rights over the land they had been using for years under the Forest Rights Act. This can, in some way, be called contemporary India’s largest land regime change—from the forest administration to the rightful owners of forestland. The Act promises another bounty—access to government schemes. But six years after the Act was enforced, lives of the forest dwellers have not changed much. Not one state has initiated concrete steps to officially register the title holders in the state land records. Without this they remain what they used to be—officially non-existent. Ahead of the general elections in 2014, Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Aparna Pallavi, M Suchitra and Richard Mahapatra travel to the forest districts of Odisha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh to assess the impact of the landmark legislation

Rights without benefits

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