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Voices from Niyamgiri

The unanimous vote by 12 gram sabhas in Odisha's Rayagada and Kalahandi districts, rejecting Vedanta Aluminium and the Orissa Mining Corporation's plan to extract bauxite from the Niyamgiri hills, is a historic and significant precedent that could determine the course of similar developments in other tribal areas in India.

Voices from Niyamgiri

The unanimous vote by 12 gram sabhas in Odisha’s Rayagada and Kalahandi districts, rejecting Vedanta Aluminium Ltd and the Odisha Mining Corporation’s plan to extract bauxite from the Niyamgiri hills, is a historic and significant precedent that could determine the course of similar developments in other tribal areas in India.

Pollution in the Mahanadi: Urban Sewage, Industrial Effluents and Biomedical Waste

The discharge of municipal sewage, industrial effluents and biomedical waste into the Mahanadi has raised concerns about environmental sustainability and also posed a serious threat to the health of people living on the banks. This article critically examines the river pollution caused by the spiralling urbanisation and industrialisation along with dumping of waste by many medical facilities. There is an urgent need to address this enormous challenge which is a direct outcome of inefficient planning and management.

Food Insecurity among Tribal Communities of Orissa

Rayagada district in Orissa suffers periodic outbreaks of disease brought on by food scarcity, unemployment and lack of healthcare services. The tribals lack the "voice" to demand accountability from policymakers and service delivery from other agencies.

Orissa: Draft Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policy, 2006

Though Orissa's draft resettlement and rehabilitation policy is an improvement on the national policy, it does not go far enough in ensuring adequate representation of affected women in rehabilitation and other representative committees. The draft, while it has created separate categories for the displaced, with commensurate compensation, still does not specify norms stringent enough to assess land claims put forward by investing companies.

ORISSA-Development and Deprivation

Development and Deprivation Manipadma Jena While Orissa is being dubbed as the investment destination of the future, the lack of a well thought-out people-oriented rehabilitation policy for those displaced by these major projects will only mean that the benefits of development will not reach the mass of people.
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