by Latha Jishnu
Saxena panel report on Niyamgiri puts states under watch for forest, tribal rights violations
Tribals in Kodigumma village discuss filing of community claims
Few committees have been as forthright as the N C Saxena committee on the violation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA) by the very authorities which are charged with upholding them—the state governments.
In its report on the controversial project to mine for bauxite in the Niyamgiri Hills, the four member-committee headed by Saxena, a member of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's National Advisory Committee, has roundly taken the Orissa government to task for failing to implement the landmark FRA of 2006.