Rs 207 crore project for protection of Majuli island announced

December 21, 2016

The government has sanctioned Rs 207 crore for the protection and development of the Majuli Island located along the Brahmaputra River in Assam. The amount is proposed to be spent to safeguard the land loss due to erosion and to protect the 80km length of the bank line situated...

Bill to amend SC, ST list introduced in Lok Sabha

December 14, 2016

The Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram has introduced the Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeking to transfer certain communities from the list of Scheduled Castes (SC) into Scheduled Tribes (ST) as well as to include new communities into the ST list. The bill seeks...

Assam to host Judima Festival

November 29, 2016

Assam’s only hill station, Haflong will host the three-day ‘Judima Festival’ on sports and culture from December 18-20. The festival has been named after Judima, which is Dimasa tribals’ traditional brew. It is considered as one of the best traditional brews in the region and occupies an integral part...

7 States fall short of Forest Rights Act implementation

November 28, 2016

The government has asked seven states- Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand, to effectively implement the Forest Rights Act. The Prime Minister’s office (PMO) has asked these states to implement Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act in campaign mode. The analysis...