‘Land Acquisition Bill violates tribal rights’
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 03, 2011, 00:14
Udaipur: CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat on Friday said the land acquisition bill, pending before the standing committee, violates the constitutional rights of tribals.

"There are several clauses in the land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement bill which violate the constitutional rights of tribals," she said.

Karat, who is in Udaipur to participate in a meeting of tribal body Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch, said, "The Union government has betrayed tribals by continuously sabotaging the Forest Rights Act."

She said the agreement over Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) a global regime to protect forests is creating livelihood issues for tribals and forest-dwellers.

As per the programme, the government is forcibly planting trees on community lands and on the land of the tribals. On the climate change talks in Durban in which India is taking lead, Karat said, "Did the government ever consult the adivasis, who are the real owners of the forests? This shows the attitude of the government."

On the government's decision to allow FDI in retail, she said the move will "snatch jobs and livelihood sources from crores of people."

On Trinamool Congress rule in West Bengal, Karat said democracy has been replaced by bureaucracy and autocracy in the state.


First Published: Saturday, December 03, 2011, 00:14

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