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Vedanta`s 50,000 crore project in Odisha rejected by all 12 villages

In a blow to the Odisha government`s plan for bauxite mining for Vedanta on the Niyamgiri hills, the 12th and last gram sabha held today in Rayagada district also rejected it.

First Gram Sabha held in Niyamgiri, mining opposed

The tribal residents at the first Gram Sabha in Odisha's Rayagada district Thursday opposed the bauxite mining at Niyamgiri Hills for Vedanta's refinery at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district.

Odisha set to hold Gram Sabha in Niyamgiri area

Odisha government Wednesday said it was all set to hold the much-awaited Gram Sabha (village level meeting) at Serkapalli village, one of the 12 hill slope villages, in Rayagada district tomorrow, official sources said.

Village meets info to be conveyed through SMS

The Department of Rural Development of Maharashtra government has decided to do away with the system of making public announcements to inform villagers about the village meets.

Odisha: Maoists prevent holding gram sabha meetings

In a setback to the administration, Maoists have stalled holding gram sabha meetings in four panchayat areas in the Naxal-hit areas of Koraput district in Odisha.

Videograph gram sabha proceedings, states told

Centre has advised state governments to videograph gram sabha proceedings, besides introducing a slew of schemes for improving their set up.

Bill to raise fine for forest offences

The Bill also seeks to revise the limit of fines for compounding of minor offences under the Forest Act from Rs 50 to Rs 10,000.

Hazare spurns title of `Mahatma` by Gram Sabha

Deprecating any comparisons
with Mahatma Gandhi, anti-graft campaigner Anna Hazare has
rejected a resolution passed by the Gram Sabha of his native
Ralegan Siddhi village conferring on him the title `Mahatma`.

Niyamgiri mining project: Orissa to reconvene Gram Sabha meets

Under pressure from tribals,
the Orissa government Sunday said they will reconvene Gram
Sabha meetings in villages as per the norms of the forest land
rights acts.

Centre asks states to make gram sabhas more vibrant

The Centre has asked the state
governments to clearly articulate the role of gram sabhas in
their policies, programmes and schemes to make them vibrant
forums for rural development.