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There is so much confusion about the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana

possession under long term lease or assignment was also considered as land owned. According to the same NSS report, sometimes a plot might be possessed by a tribal in accordance with traditional Tribal Rights from local chieftains or village/ district council. Again, a plot might be occupied by a tenant for which the right of ownership vests in the community. In both the cases, the tribal or other individual (tenant) was taken as owner, for in al

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Manifesto of Tribal Rights issued -Mohammed Iqbal

rces. Their environment-friendly practices were also highlighted in the charter of demands. The document was released by the Tribal Development Forum, Vaagdhara, and other institutions working for Tribal Rights and food security here last week. Vaagdhara secretary Jayesh Joshi said on Thursday that the manifesto was handed over to the ruling BJP and all Opposition parties for its inclusion in their agenda for the Assembly election. Sustainabl

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The bullet train may trigger social conflict and have significant environmental cost -Mayank Aggarwal

be made public. The lack of transparency by the administration is one of the main grouses of the communities affected by this project. * With 2019 elections less than one year away, the farmer and Tribal Rights groups protesting against the project are asking political parties to clarify their stand on the project. They state that they may not vote for the political parties supporting the project. The much-publicised “bullet train” i

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Chhattisgarh makes headway on Tribal Rights but more is needed -Asha Verma

-Mongabay.com * Chhattisgarh has a strong mineral base, forests and a large tribal population. As a result there are many conflicts over land use and access to natural resources. * The Forest Rights Act 2006 has given legal space for tribal communities to access their resources. Chhattisgarh has achieved good numbers in the implementation of individual and forest rights. * However, there are problems in the qualitative implementation of the rights and these need to be addressed. *

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Raghav Chandra, secretary of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, interviewed by Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava (Scroll.in)

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes has been quite proactive in the last few months. It has prevailed upon the central government to withdraw orders that it thought “diluted” Tribal Rights, asked states to return “unfairly acquired tribal lands”, and reminded governors of their powers to protect Adivasis. Speaking to Scroll.in, the commission’s secretary Raghav Chandra explains why Adivasis in several parts o

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The Constitution set in stone: Adivasis in Jharkhand are using an old tradition as a novel protest -Priya Ranjan Sahu

-Scroll.in Several villages have erected stone slabs inscribed with details of constitutional provisions, laws that safeguard Tribal Rights over land and natural resources Budhua Munda greeted the visitors to his village in Jharkhand as they all settled down on a bamboo straw mat spread under the shade of a tree on the morning of May 1. The Adivasi youth, who wore a blue track pant and a white T-shirt, then pulled out the Hindi edition of

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227 villages in three districts of Rajasthan declared Schedule Areas -Ishan Kukreti

atapgarh—9 tehsils, 1 block and 46 gram panchayats covering 227 villages in the districts. “This is a significant move in terms of control over resources,” says Shomona Khanna, a Tribal Rights lawyer and former legal consultant of Ministry of Tribal Affairs. “Now, it will entail the implementation of a number of constitutional and statuary protections to the local communities. Representation of Schedule Tribes in the

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Farmers, forests and the future -Jay Mazoomdaar

-The Indian Express In the battle over jungle and tribal land, deep mistrust divides natural allies. As India gives shape to its new forest policy, the votaries of forest conservation and Tribal Rights have come out strongly against commercial extraction of forests that undermines both local communities and ecology. It is a timely show of strength since the draft policy seeks to measure the productivity of our forests by the quantity of timber

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Odisha tribal organisations protest against draft CAF Rules -Ishan Kukreti

FCs aren’t statutory bodies. The Forest Rights Act (FRA) gives rights to the Gram Sabha and this is in violation of that law,” Giri Rao, who works with Vasundhara, a non-profit working on Tribal Rights in Odisha said.   Rao also points out that the Rules do not take The Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA) into consideration. “While most number of people affected by compensatory affo

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The challenges of making public policy -Tadit Kundu

n the more standard economics texts and the more lucid narratives of the struggles of marginalized people, such as Arundhati Roy’s Broken Republic, which also deals with topics such as poverty, Tribal Rights and government policy. Please click here to read more.

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