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To: Mr. Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate change

Tribal communities need Economic Relief urgently

Ministry of Environment and Forest must transfer CAMPA funds to the Gram Sabhas

Why is this important?

Like the migrant workers, the tribals and forest dwellers are another marginalized community that have been neglected by the Indian government during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

The Finance Minister has announced an economic relief package which-as per experts and activists-has utterly failed to address the economic distress caused to the tribal communities by the COVID 19 outbreak and the sudden imposition of a complete lockdown. But on the contrary Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) funds of 6000 crores have been approved for the states in the pretext of creating tribal employment. The tribals and forest dwellers have persistently and relentlessly demanded the CAMPA funds to be handed over to the Gram sabhas. Instead with the Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) in place, all the money is unjustly and illegally transferred to forest departments encouraging misuse of the funds for large scale monoculture plantations that have affected land and forest rights of tribals and have caused the destruction of biodiversity.
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Earlier in May a few civil society organizations, researchers and activists submitted a report to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, highlighting the concerns of the Adivasi community:
1. Crippling lack of public healthcare that severely limits the capacities to curb the spread of the disease.
2. Tens of thousands of tribal migrants stranded in cities.
3. Lack of institutional mechanisms and access for procurement and distribution of minor forest produce (MFP).
4. Rampant deforestation in the name of forest land diversion without the consent of the communities.
5. Violations and non-implementation of progressive legislations like the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, and The Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA), 1996.

Sign this petition asking the Ministry of Forest and Environment to support demands for an economic package for tribal communities and direct transfer of CAMPA funds to the gram sabhas of the tribal communities and not the forest department.

Sources:
1. https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/economy/atma-nirbhar-bharat-campa-funds-of-rs-6000-crore-for-tribal-employment-in-forestry-jobs-says-fm-5266891.html
2. https://www.fra.org.in/document/COVID-19%20Assessment%20Report.pdf

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Reasons for signing

  • I want everyone to help
  • Demand recognition of indigenous heritage of autonomy, stewardship and popular/collective control of consumption of resources, vis a vis their environments. In fact we direly need to extend perspectives and practices on autonomy to peasant and craft communities - who have not traditionally or consistently resisted appropriation by the state - but who depend without exception (to varying degrees) on their relationships with land, water and other living beings.
  • The forest-dwellers and tribal communities have been living in harmony with nature for centuries. Nobody has any right to uproot them and snatch their means of livelihood

Updates

2020-07-09 13:21:02 +0530

1,000 signatures reached

2020-06-09 11:04:22 +0530

500 signatures reached

2020-06-01 20:37:18 +0530

100 signatures reached

2020-05-30 08:42:00 +0530

50 signatures reached

2020-05-29 19:57:16 +0530

25 signatures reached

2020-05-29 18:22:34 +0530

10 signatures reached