Forest Rights Act 2006 recognizes and vests forest rights to the scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers who have been residing in forests in generations but whose rights could not be recorded.

Historically, usage and access of forest resources by India’s Adivasi community and other forest dwellers have been considered as encroachment and their efforts of forest land acquisition have been used as evidence of their anti-development attitude.

Margao: Pollution and garbage collection in Sao Jose de Areal village were two of the main issues that were discussed during its gram Sabha held on Sunday.

Mukuna Sikaka, 32, is a visitor to the health camp held by the local administration at Sakata village in the Rayagada district, around 30 km from here, the site of Vedanta's alumina refinery.

The Odisha government is contemplating to revive its proposed mining project at Niyamgiri Hills and hold Gram Sabha in the area again, state government officials said.

Of the total 322 village panchayats in the district, all the houses in 61 villages have individual household latrines.

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government hasn't quite relinquished its right to mine the controversial Niyamgiri bauxite deposit, originally identified to supply ore to Vedanta Resources' nearby alumina

The Centre has decided to keep its focus on addressing multi-dimensional poverty in rural areas. The Centre would stick with convergent planning for rural development.

DEHRADUN: Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday underlined the need to strike a balance between environment conservation and development, saying both are equally important for the survival of

The statement of the tribal affairs ministry is contrary to its position stated repeatedly over the past year