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Failing the forest -Bahar Dutt

st dwellers from forestland across 17 States. The petitioners, mainly wildlife NGOs, had demanded that State governments evict those forest dwellers whose claims over traditional forestland under the scheduled tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, known simply as the Forest Rights Act (FRA), had been rejected. On February 28, the court stayed its controversial order and asked the States to submit detail

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Civil society protests eviction of scheduled tribes and OTFDs from forests

-Press Release by All India Forum of Forest Movements (AIFFM), dated February 22, 2019 On 13 February, the Supreme Court of India, hearing a decade-old petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, ordered that forest dwellers whose claims for recognition of forest rights have been rejected would have to be evicted in a summary and time-bound manner. The order contains separate instructions for each state government to ensure that such evictions are duly c

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Without land or recourse -Kalpana Kannabiran

on the eviction of forest dwellers raises very disturbing questions The order of the Supreme Court issued on February 13 with respect to the claims of forest-dwelling peoples in India — the scheduled tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers — is a case of the Supreme Court speaking against itself. In effect, the court has ordered the eviction of lakhs of people whose claims as forest dwellers have been rejected under the More »

Lakhs of forest dwellers face eviction -Krishnadas Rajagopal

The Hindu People across 21 States may be affected by the Supreme Court order that rejected their claim A recent Supreme Court order may lead to the eviction of lakhs of persons belonging to the scheduled tribes (STs) and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (OTFDs) categories across 21 States — their claim as forest dwellers have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act of 2006. A three-judge Bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Navin Sinha and

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Supreme Court orders eviction of 1.1 mn forest families -Chetan Chauhan

ia to submit a satellite-image based report on the encroachments removed. According to affidavits filed by the states in the top court, about 11,72,931 (1.17 million) land ownership claims made by scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers under the Forest Rights Act have been rejected on various grounds, including absence of proof that the land was in their possession for at least three generations. The law provides for giving land rig

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Upper caste Hindus richest in India, own 41% of total assets; STs own 3.7%, says study on wealth distribution -Anjali Marar

Institute of Dalit Studies. Only 22.3 per cent of the country’s higher caste Hindus own 41 per cent of the country’s total wealth and form the richest group, whereas 7.8 per cent of Hindu scheduled tribes own only 3.7 per cent, or the lowest wealth share of the country’s assets, finds the study.   The top 1 per cent (in terms of wealth) of the total households own 25 per cent of the country’s total asset

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Government admits roster axe on tribal quota in teaching jobs -Basant Kumar Mohanty

Review petition to be filed in Supreme Court against judgment that calls for department as unit for working out quotas The government on Thursday admitted before a parliamentary panel that the scheduled tribes would virtually be left without reservation in college and university teachers’ jobs if each department is considered the unit for calculating the quotas, as mandated by the courts. Human resource development ministry officials w

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Supreme Court refuses to stay amendments to SC/ ST Act -Krishnadas Rajagopal

t nullified the controversial March 20 apex court judgment diluting the stringent provisions of the Dalit protection law. The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay the Scheduled Castes and the scheduled tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act of 2018, which nullified the controversial March 20 apex court judgment diluting the stringent provisions of the Dalit protection law. The government had brought in the amendments, saying the Sc

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Chhattisgarh watershed project promises better income for small farmers

t organisation Pradan, along with Chhattisgarh government, has launched a watershed project in the state to enhance the income of 1 lakh small and marginal farmers, of whom over 40 per cent belong to scheduled tribes. A watershed is a chunk of a land that drains out at a common point. The watershed development approach takes a comprehensive account of the people, land, water and forest resources in that area and makes planned interventions. Acco

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Study reveals caste-based segregation in Bengaluru -Mohit M Rao

-The Hindu In 40% of blocks, SC/ST community constitutes less than 5% of residents Bengaluru: A first-of-its-kind snapshot of the distribution of Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes community in the city reveals a patchwork of caste-segregated neighbourhoods where socio-economically backward castes are ghettoised. Older areas such as Malleswaram or Basavanagudi exhibit a caste-based pattern, perhaps due to urban planning where caste segre

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