‘Land Acquisition Bill violates tribal rights’

Brinda Karat said the Land Acquisition Bill, pending before the Standing Committee, violates the constitutional rights of tribals.

Udaipur: CPI(M) politburo member Brinda
Karat on Friday said the land acquisition bill, pending before the
standing committee, violates the constitutional rights of

"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democracy has been replaced by bureaucracy and autocracy in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.


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