ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Coal Auctions

The National Democratic Alliance government has often claimed revolutionary success in introducing the auctioning of coal blocks. However, the auctions route accounts for less than one-sixth of the total coal reserves allocated by them. The rest has been allocated through the allotment route to government companies, which have gone on to sign mine developer-cum-operator contracts with private coal miners, opening up an opaque channel for back-door privatisation.

Harnessing Gram Sabhas to Challenge State Profligacy in Chhattisgarh

Despite the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 and the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, there has been limited devolution of powers and gram sabhas have remained largely powerless. However, the movement to save Hasdeo Arand forests used these legislative provisions as an advocacy tool to not only highlight the regional challenges but also strive for a greater role of gram sabhas in central- and state-level policy legislating processes. It showcases the potential, as well as limits, of harnessing local self-governance institutions to push the boundaries of the provisions of these acts.
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