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Anti-forest, anti-forest dweller -Chitrangada Choudhury

-The Hindu The Compensatory Afforestation Fund is a deeply flawed and unjust mechanism Last month, Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Mahesh Sharma informed Parliament that his Ministry has collected over ?50,000 crore in a Central compensatory afforestation fund (CAF). This money is to be used though the Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Act, 2016 or CAF, a purported mechanism to offset forest loss. Before issuing forest clearances to a...

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Farmers' Anger on Boil in Gujarat -Mahibul Hoque

-Hindkisan.com Farmers allege that the company had not taken possession of the land they sold two decades ago and demanded the company to initiate new acquisition proceedings as per provision of Land Acquisition Act, 2013. The Act prescribes that an agency or entity has to initiate fresh proceedings to acquire a plot if the agency did not take the possession of the land for more than five years. Tear gas shells fired,...

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Marching against apathy -Ajay Vir Jakhar

-The Indian Express The country’s politics has ignored the farmers. Perhaps it is time they change the country’s politics Farmers in villages across the country have felt demeaned and disturbed by the insensitivity of successive governments at the Centre and in the states. The same anguish was felt by the agriculturists who walked more than 160 km from Nashik to Mumbai. The country’s politics has ignored farmers. Perhaps it is time that...

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Many faces of Maharashtra's agrarian crisis -Ketaki Ghoge

-Hindustan Times Both, the farmers who undertook the march and those who went on strike, represent the wide spectrum of the state’s ongoing agrarian and rural distress. Last year, on June 1, thousands of farmers in Maharashtra went on an unprecedented strike, refusing to sell their produce to markets and cutting off supply of daily necessities – milk, vegetables and fruits – to cities. The two-day strike forced the Devendra Fadnavis-led...

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Fadnavis under pressure as 50,000 farmers, tribals march towards Mumbai -Rahul Wadke

-The Hindu Business Line Seek complete loan waiver and implementation of Forest Rights Act, among other demands Mumbai: Over 50,000 farmers and tribals associated with All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) of the CPI (M) are likely to reach Mumbai on Monday for participating in a rally against the Fadnavis Government. Complete loan waiver for the farmers and implementation of the Forest Rights Act are some of the important demands of the agitators. The...

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