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We The People: Chhattisgarh Organisation At Forefront Of Fight Against Mining And Land Acquisition

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We The People: Chhattisgarh Organisation At Forefront Of Fight Against Mining And Land Acquisition

Due to the persistent efforts of the Hasdeo Aranya Sangharsh Samiti, the Chhattisgarh Assembly recently passed a unanimous resolution urging the Union government to cancel all coal blocks in Hasdeo Aranya forest

Fightback Adivasis holding rally against mining
Fightback Adivasis holding rally against mining

When the Chhattisgarh Assembly recently passed a unanimous resolution urging the Union government to cancel all coal blocks in Hasdeo Aranya forest area, it marked a great victory for a movement that has captured global attention. The movement didn’t have any celebrity or famous name att­ached to it. It was led by little-known Adivasis, who had little idea about their rights in the beginning, but could soon articulate the finer details of Schedule V. Without any ext­ernal financial support, it was run solely on collections generated by villagers and defeated the collective atte­mpts, to begin mining in the area, by two state governm­ents, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the Centre, as well as a big corporate group.

The movement began a decade ago against mining in the Hasdeo zone that has five coal blocks—Parsa, Parsa East Kete Basan (PEKB), PEKB Extension, Gidhmuri Patu­ria, Madanpur South and Chotia. The zone is spread over 1,878 sq km in Korba, Surguja and Surajpur dis­tricts of Chhattisgarh.

Ramlal Kariyam
Ramlal Kariyam
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