ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA)
I submit that it does not take into account the facts the proposal is violation of the PESA Act as per which the gram sabha’s consent is required. PESA extends panchayat laws to areas that have been included under the Vth Schedule of the Constitution. The PESA is aimed at safeguarding the traditional rights of the tribals to natural resources. The MoU violates those rights. The State Govt’s promises in the MoU are contrary to the interest of the adivasi villagers. These promises expose the anti-people and anti-environment character of the government.
I have learnt from the villagers that the MoU by the State Govt and the complicity of the political parties is an assault not only on land and natural resources but also adivasi society and culture.