Tribal groups to go ahead with Bharat bandh today despite SC stay on order directing eviction of 'illegal' forest-dwellers
Tribal outfits across states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and north-east have called for a peaceful bandh.
Supreme Court on 28 February ordered the eviction of forest-dwelling tribal communities
It directed the state governments to file affidavits providing details of the process adopted in rejecting the claims of tribal groups
The Tribal groups are demanding that the Centre bring an ordinance to ensure their rights are protected
Tribal groups across the country called for a Bharat bandh on Tuesday to protest against the 13 February Supreme Court order directing 21 states to evict 11.8 lakh illegal forest and tribal dwellers, whose claims over the forest land have been rejected by the authorities.
On 28 February, a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, Naveen Sinha and MR Shah stayed the eviction order and directed the state governments to file affidavits providing details of the process adopted in rejecting the claims made by the Forest Dwelling Scheduled Tribes (FDSTs) and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (OTFDs).
The Tribal groups are demanding that the Centre bring an ordinance to ensure their rights are protected.
According to The Times of India, Adivasi and Dalit groups across states have called upon political and social activists to join them in their march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar, Delhi on Tuesday to highlight the issue of restoring the Forest Rights Act.
They will protest also against Supreme Court upholding an Allahabad High Court order over reservation of SC/STs in the appointment of faculty members in universities, The Indian Express reported.
The apex court ruled that for the EWS category, 10 percent reservation will apply this year as per existing criteria and the prospective ruling will be decided on a final hearing on 3 March, 2022
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