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Ten gram sabhas object to mining in Chhattisgarh's biodiversity rich forest -Jayashree Nandi

-Hindustan Times Among the major concerns of the gram sabhas with the proposed acquisition of the forest land is that it is being done without their consent and even before the land is diverted under the provisions of the forest conservation act Ten gram sabhas from Chhattisgarh’s Korba district, mainly consisting of people from the Gond tribe, have raised objections to Centre’s intention to acquire 712.072 hectares (ha) of land for mining...

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Adivasis and the New Land Acquisition Act-Chitrangada Choudhury

-Economic and Political Weekly   Much work remains to be done if the new Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act has to mark a meaningful shift for India's adivasi communities. Chitrangada Choudhury ([email protected]) Chitrangada Choudhury ([email protected]) is a multimedia journalist and researcher, and currently with the Publics and Policies program at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi. Among the worst excesses committed in India's six decade-old democracy, the forcible displacment...

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Living in the shadow of black gold-R Krishna Das

-The Business Standard Rich coal reserves found in Dharamjaigarh in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh district have thrown the lives of the 15,000 Bangladeshi settlers in turmoil Kalipada Das was 12 years old when his parents slipped into India from Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) after Partition in the early fifties. As violence rocked parts of Bangladesh, Das and his parents sailed across Khulna River to reach a railway station from where they hoped to board...

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BPL millionaires-Alok Prakash Putul

-Down to Earth Industrial houses use tribals as fronts to amass tribal land in Chhattisgarh Ram Singh’s neighbours tease him by calling him Crorepati Singh. The 40-year-old Gond tribal from Parsada village in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh has hardly any landholding and depends on the government’s employment guarantee schemes to feed his family. But according to official documents, Singh has recently purchased land worth Rs 1.5 crore from a dozen of tribals...

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Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS)

  KEY TRENDS     •    The biggest school feeding programmes are in India (114 million), Brazil (47 million), the United States (45 million) and China (26 million). India has a universal school meals programmes. It's school feeding programme ranks 12th among 35 lower-middle-income countries covering 79 percent of its total number of school-going children $ •    In 2010-11, the combined expenditure of the central government and the state governments/ Union Territories on the...

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