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Fighting second Freedom Struggle against forces which want to dispossess adivasis and forest dwellers of our land, forests, citizenship and humanity
Jun 30 5 tweets 4 min read
Projects into considerations:
1. A proposal for a #golf course and resort in the #ecosensitive zone of Keibul Lamjao National Park in #Manipur
2. Denotification of 292.39 ha revenue land from National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary in #MadhyaPradesh
1/5… 3. In the Western Ghats region, there is a proposal to divert 7.8991 ha of land from default #ecosensitive zone (ESZ) or 10km radius around #Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary for a stone crushing unit in #Kerala s Kozhikode district at a distance of only 2.56 kms from the sanctuary. 2/5
Jun 30 6 tweets 2 min read
MoEFCC has directed the constitution of a project screening committee in each state/UT for an initial review proposals involving diversion of #forest land, according to the Forest (Conservation) Rules, 2022, notified on Tuesday. 1/6
@jayashreenandi… The five-member committee will meet at least twice every month and will advise the state governments on projects in a time bound manner, the rules state. 2/6
Jun 30 5 tweets 3 min read
In the follow up to the #ParisAgreement – UNCC Conference Glasgow (2021), #India did not sign the #Glasgow Declaration on Forests and Land Use. It has been endorsed by 141 countries covering over 90% of forests in the world. 1/5

A thread @TheLeaflet_in… The declaration aims to halt & reverse forest loss by 2030. Beyond its role in #mitigating climate change, forests also conservatively support the livelihood of 275 million (27.5 crore) people, and have one of the world’s most important #biodiversity hotspots. 2n
Jun 28 5 tweets 3 min read
The Kerala Independent Farmers Association (KIFA) chairman Alex Ozhukayil said that around 20 towns and 1 lakh families in the State will be affected, according to a report by @NewIndianXpress . 1/5… If 1km of #ESZ is demarcated from Wildlife Sanctuaries' boundaries (Kerala has 8 lakh acres+); around 4 lakh acres of human settlements, including farmlands, would come within that purview and that would be a matter of sheer survival of lakhs of people. 2n…
Jun 28 6 tweets 3 min read
On June 3, the #SupremeCourt directed that every protected forest, national park and wildlife sanctuary in the country should have a minimum 1 km eco-sensitive zone (ESZ), from their demarcated boundaries. 1/6

#FRA2006 #ecosensitivezone… A few environmentalists have welcomed the order, others found it unscientific. There were also huge protests against the verdict by farmers organisations in Kerala. The eco-sensitive zones are declared to create a “shock absorber” for the protected areas. 2n
May 13 4 tweets 3 min read
Following revelations were shared by the #Dalit #Adivasi and EBC communities at a national convention held by the All India Union of Forest Working People #AIUFWP in Delhi in August 2021, 2 years after forced social isolation.
Report by @Countercurrents… "caste still remained one of the key instruments of oppression in the remote interiors of India, especially in the feudal domain of the Hindi heartland."
#FRA2006 #UttarPradesh #Hindi #Forest #IndigenousPeoples
May 13 4 tweets 2 min read
"The Integrated Tribal Development Agency (#ITDA) under the ST and SC Development department in the district had provisioned procurement of dry mahua flower from tribals at Rs. 32 per kg through self-help groups (SHG)." 1/4
#minorproduce #msp #FRA2006… Lakhs of tribal people across 26 blocks in the Baridpada district have been suffering losses in the last two years due to Covid restrictions. They earn a livelihood by collecting mahua flowers, but are unaware of procurement provisions by the government. 2/4
May 11 7 tweets 3 min read
The @newsclickin report points at the arbitrary processes by the #MP government in pushing Aditya Birla Group's #diamondmining project in the dense forests of Buxwaha which has the potential to severely devastate the entire landscape. 1/n

A short thread… "An expert body under the #MoEF & CC has questioned the #MadhyaPradesh government for proposing to clear forestland for the project without considering the potential impact on water availability in the drought-prone region."
An excerpt from the report, 2/n
May 14, 2020 8 tweets 11 min read
Is the @FinMinIndia aware that CAMPA plantations have destroyed livelihoods of tribals in the past? Is it aware that CAF act allows illegal transfer of CA funds to the forest department?@PIB_India @ShashiTharoor @Jairam_Ramesh #Covid_19lockdown #CovidAndForestRights #RepealCampa The CAF Act violates FRA, PESA. Tribals can get employment and livelihoods only when CAMPA funds are transferred to the Gram Sabhas #RepealCAMPA #CovidAndForestRights @PIB_India @ShashiTharoor @AdivasisMatter @HansrajMeena #AtmaNirbharBharatAbhiyan @TribalStuff @VijooKrishnan
Nov 15, 2019 5 tweets 14 min read
What @PrakashJavdekar is saying that the amendments were an unofficial exercise cooked up by forest bureaucrats and some non-government org. like @WWFINDIA - and this unofficial draft was circulated to state governments… @MundaArjun @narendramodi @PrakashJavdekar @WWFINDIA @MundaArjun @narendramodi The provision in the amendment which invited criticism was the one which allowed "forest officials to use arms against people to prevent forest offence." So a cabal of forest officers and NGOs circulate draft of a law allowing officers to shoot tribal and completely subverts FRA