Government out to 'rig' gram sabhas

Published: 16th July 2013 12:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th July 2013 12:37 PM   |  A+A-

With the conduct of gram sabha scheduled to start from July 18 to establish religious and cultural rights of the Dongria Kandh, the State Government has yet again found itself at the centre of controversy. The Niyamgiri Surakshya

Samiti (NSS), which has been opposing the bauxite mining project in the hills, on Monday alleged that the Government has been rigging the process to benefit Vedanta Group.

 Ignoring the directions issued by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and concerns of local communities, the NSS said the State has gone ahead with notifying dates of gram sabhas in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts in July and August claiming that it is in accordance with the Supreme Court order, which is a blatant lie.                

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