“Understanding Landlessness and Displacement of, and Atrocities against Scheduled Tribes”

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NCST- CPR Land Rights Initiative Conference on “Understanding Landlessness and Displacement of, and Atrocities against Scheduled Tribes” held on September 14, 2018

Dear all,
 
Thanks to all of you who joined us for the conference on “Understanding Landlessness and Displacement of, and Atrocities against Scheduled Tribes” jointly organised by the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes and Centre for Policy Research (“CPR“) Land Rights Initiative on September 14, 2018. The conference showcased findings from CPR Land Rights Initiative Report, on “The Legal Regime and Political Economy of Land Rights of Scheduled Tribes in Scheduled Areas of India”, which outlines the political and legal framework within which landlessness and displacement of Scheduled Tribes takes place. The conference also featured presentation of findings from ongoing CPR Land Rights Initiative research on the issue of atrocities against Scheduled Tribes, in light of the Supreme Court judgment in Dr Subhash Kashinath Mahajan v. State of Maharashtra, which read down certain provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989
 
The  Inaugural Session of the  Conference featured the Inaugural Address by Dr. Nand Kumar Sai, Hon’ble Chairperson, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (“NCST“) the Keynote Address by Mr. Raghav Chandra, Secretary, NCSTand the Vote of Thanks by Ms. Yamini Aiyar, President, CPR.  Distinguished panelists from academia, government, and civil society deliberated upon CPR Land Rights Initiative research findings, and made recommendations for tribal empowerment and redressal of tribal concerns.  The panelists included Professor Walter Fernandes, Senior Fellow, North Eastern Social Research Centre, Dr. Virginius Xaxa, Professor of Eminence, Tezpur University, Mr. Ravi Rebbapragada, Executive Director, Samata, Mr. Ramesh Sharma, National Coordinator, Ekta Parishad, Mr. Ambrish Mehta, Trustee and Full-time executive, Action Research in Community Health and Development (ARCH-Vahini), Ms. Shomona Khanna, Advocate, Supreme Court of India and former legal consultant, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Mr. Ashok Shrimali, General Secretary, Mines, Minerals & People, Ms. Indu Netam, Executive Member, Mines, Minerals & People, Adiwasi Samta Manch, and Mr. Ravindra Velip, Vice President, GAKUVED Federation & Executive Member, Mines, Minerals & People.
 
 
On October 30, 2018, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes deliberated upon “the research conducted by Research Scholars at CPR, presentations made during the Conference, and discussions held there”. Based on these deliberations, certain recommendations were made to the NCST. “The Commission discussed each of the recommendations and approved them for inclusion in the Annual Report of the Commission” under Article 338 A (5) (e) of the Constitution.
 
We are deeply grateful to Dr. Nand Kumar Sai, Hon’ble Chairperson, NCST, and other Hon’ble Members of the NCST, for their engagement on these issues. We are especially grateful to Mr. Raghav Chandra, Secretary, NCST, and Mr. Sisir Kumar Ratho, Joint Secretary, NCST, without whose initiative and support, this conference and subsequent deliberations would not have been possible. We are also grateful to all our distinguished panelists for their sustained engagement on these issues with us over the past five years, and to the broader community of CPR Land Rights Initiative well wishers and friends, whose encouragement and support has made our work possible over the years. 
 
We’d like to wish all of you a very healthy, happy and prosperous Diwali!
 
Best regards, 
 
CPR Land Rights Initiative Team 

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