Vol . 14 Issue : 09 September , 2022 Rs . 15 / -
Oppose the Union Government Amendments to Exploit Adivasis and Handover Forests to Imperialists
The Union government has come up with The Forest ( Conservation ) Rules , 2022 to handover forests to Imperialist , corporate forces , in the present Parliamentary sessions . The Center is now trying to grab the few rights of the tribal societies , like Gram Sabhas . It is hastening the process of evicting the tribals from the forests all the while declaring that it stands for the welfare of the tribals . Attacks on the Adivasis Right to Live
The Forests ( Conservation ) Act of 1980 declared that those residing in the forests without the consent of the government are all illegal occupants . That means , the tribals who are the original inhabitants of forests since ages , who do ‘ shift cultivation ’ and who are protecting forests againsts all odds are considered as criminals . Through this act many attempts were made to evict Adivasis from the forests ; many Adivasi dwellings were burned to ashes .
Against these atrocious attempts to displace the Adivasis from the forests rose the nation-wide Adivasi democratic movements and as a result started the process to identify Adivasis . It held that injustices were meted out to Adivasi communities historically and promulgated the Forest Rights Act- 2006 . But even through this the government tried to restrict the free dwelling Adivasis to specific areas . Further , it didn ’ t identify the hill farms cultivated by the Adivasis .
Sixteen years have passed since the Act was made , yet the question of Adivasi Rights is not yet concluded . It is understood that the intention of the act is to nullify the claims of Adivasis by creating various hurdles .
In 2019 , the Center , through the Supreme Court brought the order to forcefully evict those forest dwellers who are unable to get recognition as Adivasis and hence
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are considered as criminals . This ruling , though stayed for a while , still hangs on the necks of the Adivasis .
Added to these , is the Wildlife ( Protection ) Act , that decides the rights of Adivasis in Sanctuaries and National Parks . All these acts and their amendements are being used to forefully evict Adivasis from the vast forest lands . Ploy to Handover Forests to Corporates
These forest acts brought by the governments are , on the one hand criminalising Adivasis as encroachers and on the other , intensifying the appropriation of Forest wealth by the corporates . Between 2019-2021 , 5543 Sq . KM ( 55300 Hectares ) of Forest land is diverted to corporate exploiters for non-forest activities like mines and mega projects .
The proposed Forest ( Conservation ) Rules , 2022 , further ‘ eases ’ the transfer of forest lands to corporates . The bare minimum condition of getting the approval of gram sabhas for allocating forest lands to other purposes will be removed with this new amendment .
Aim of the Adivasis Struggle
At a time when manmade climate change made extreme weathers the norm , the central government is making amendments to Forest ( Conservation ) Amendment Bill- 2022 in the present parliamentary session , by reducing evironmental violations from serious crimes to mere fines . This helps the exploiters to extensively grab forest lands . Not just that , incidents like the leakage of poisonous gases from UnionCarbide and LG Polymers which led to the death of many will no more be considered as criminal offences . The government will give some compensation to the families of those who died and put some fine on the company involved .
Bulletin of the Central Committee of CPI ( ML )