Environment & Forest Rights

Case update

SC stays its earlier order to evict 11.8 lakh tribal, forest-dwelling families

On February 28, 2019, the Supreme Court stayed its February 13, 2019 order which could have caused possible eviction of 11.8 lakh tribal and traditional forest-dwellers. A three-judge bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, Naveen Sinha and M R Shah has also asked the states to file affidavits stating clearly the procedure followed while rejecting the claims.

February 28,2019

Case update

Centre moves Supreme Court seeking modification of order to evict 11.8 lakh tribal and forest-dwelling families

On February 27, 2019, the Central Government moved to the Supreme Court seeking to stay possible eviction of 11.8 lakh tribal and traditional forest-dwellers whose claims for right over forest land have been rejected under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (Forest Rights Act). Solicitor General Tushar Mehta mentioned, before the bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Naveen Sinha, the applications on behalf of the Central Government and the State of Gujarat for urgent hearing. The Court agreed to hear the matter tomorrow, February 28, 2019.

February 27,2019

Environment & Forest Rights

SC directing eviction of over a million tribals is gross injustice

As the legal battle unfolded in the last l1 years, the petitions which were originally filed to challenge the constitutional validity of the Forest Rights Act swung towards the issue of tribal families and forest-dwellers rights. The question was thus fundamentally changed, and the Supreme Court took it upon itself to issue orders of eviction even before the central question of constitutional validity has been fully debated, argued and decided.

February 24,2019

Environment Law

Thoothukundi Sterlite copper plant: SC sets aside NGT order

The two-judge bench comprising Justices Rohinton F Nariman and Naveen Sinha held that NGT has no jurisdiction to entertain Vedanta appeals against Tamil Nadu Government’s decision to close down Sterlite copper plant. While refusing to allow the reopening of Vedanta’s Sterlite plant on the ground of maintainability, the Court asked Vedanta to approach Madaras High Court against Tamil Nadu government’s order to close down the Sterlite units.

February 21,2019

Environment & Forest Rights

Sonbhadra's daughters

A woman-led, feisty land rights movement has taken birth in this district in Uttar Pradesh which is also home to the Kanhar river on which a controversial dam is coming up. Its participants are unapologetic about their caste status, and, even under the greatest of duress, unwilling to back down.

February 14,2019

Environment Law

Grave assault on India's coastlines

Indian coastal states witnessed some of the worst coastal disasters: the violent cyclone Ockhi, which went from a depression to a severe cyclonic storm in just half a day; the freak monsoon in Kerala; the devastating cyclone Gaja and the failed monsoon in Tamil Nadu. The present CRZ 2018 will be detrimental for the health of coastal ecosystems, including wetlands and which are essential for reducing storm impacts on our coastal communities.

February 12,2019

Parliament Watch

373 elephants died unnaturally in last three years

A total of 373 elephants died unnaturally in last three years all over India. Of them, 62 died due to train accidents, 226 died due to electrocution, 59 died due to poaching and 26 died due to poisoning, informs MoS (Environment) in Lok Sabha.

February 8,2019

The Nuclear Reaction

The charade of green clearance

The plan for the proposed extension of the Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant has met with fierce opposition from local resident communities, a majority of whom, instead of attending the public hearing, decided to register their opposition by boycotting it and carried out a protest march from Mallapur to the Kaiga housing complex, where the public hearing was scheduled to be held.

January 4,2019

Environment Law

Pollution: Law isn't enough

It is the State’s duty under the Directive Principles (Article 48A) of the Indian Constitution as well as the citizens’ responsibility under Article 51(g) of the Fundamental duties to ensure clean air and a healthy environment. Over the years, we have noticed the Supreme Court laying down certain principles when it comes to securing a clean and healthy environment.

November 27,2018

The Nuclear Reaction

Jaitapur nuclear deal: More toxic than Rafale

While the Rafale fighter jet deal will entail huge financial losses for the country, the agreement for the world’s largest nuclear power project at Jaitapur in an ecologically diverse and fragile region like Konkan, along with attendant concerns of the safety of EPRs, an unsteady French nuclear industry and its inexperienced Indian counterparts, will pose serious challenges to the environment, biodiversity, health and livelihoods of lakhs of people in and around the region.

October 25,2018

Original Reportage

The mask of ‘adla badli’: How Chhattisgarh government steals adivasi land

We see obfuscation of the various illegal processes undertaken by the Chhattisgarh government and corporate interests to alienate people from their lands in several villages of the state, cleverly masked by news headlines that scream of encounters and surrenders. Standing in the way of this naked state-corporate greed are the original inhabitants of these areas — the adivasis who have forever been denied their rightful claim in the “development” of this country.

October 25,2018

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