Thursday, July 10, 2008

No big projects in tribal areas: GoM (Wish its True)

For those eyeing tribal areas for starting big projects, there is some bad news. A Group of Ministers has cleared the draft tribal policy disallowing projects that can lead to huge displacement of tribal population.

The policy, cleared by GoM headed by Home Minister Shivraj Patel, will now be placed before the cabinet for its approval, a senior tribal affairs ministry official said. “A cabinet note has already been prepared,” the official said.

The cabinet constituted a GoM in July 2007 to discuss contentious issues in the draft tribal policy after several Union ministers objected to clauses on restriction on starting new projects, regulations for rehabilitation of displaced tribals and ensuring benefit for tribals from new projects.

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