Activists angered by Indian move

From Global development | The Guardian Fri Feb 15 2013, 06:07:50

The government's decision to allow major infrastructure projects to go ahead without obtaining consent for forest clearance paves the way for the violation of village land rights, say rights groups

Land and tribal rights in India have been dealt a new blow after the government announced last week that major infrastructure projects will be exempt from obtaining consent for forest clearance from tribal communities living in the forest, a decision that undermines the importance of the country's Forest Rights Act.

Tribal and forest rights activists say the decision by India's ministers leaves village councils (gram sabhas) powerless to reject the building of roads, railways, transmission lines, canal systems, pipelines or other projects that potentially violate their land rights.

"This is serious breach of trust and a huge step back in ensuring the dignity and survival of traditional forest-dwelling people across the country. Forests are going to be cleared to make way for a particular kind of economic development; it will adversely impact communities and the environment," said Dr Swati Shresth, from the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Burundi:   Top General Assassinated in Burundi (news)
Deutsche Welle
2 August 2015

A Burundian army general who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza has been killed in the country's capital, Bujumbura. The slaying comes after Nkurunziza won a third term in controversial ... [read more]

Nigeria:   Soldiers Repel Boko Haram Attack On Nigerian Village (news)
Premium Times
2 August 2015

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on Sunday said its fighter jets successfully combined with ground troops to repel the latest Boko Haram attack on Bita village in Borno State. [read more]

Nigeria:   Scores Rescued From Boko Haram, Says Nigerian Army (news)
Deutsche Welle
3 August 2015

Nigeria's army has reported rescuing more than 100 children from militant group Boko Haram. Neighboring Benin has pledged hundreds of troops to a regional force to fight the extremists. [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!


Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...