ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Whither the National Environment Appellate Authority?

While the National Environment Appellate Authority was set up as an independent body to address cases in which environmental clearances have been granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, it has failed to serve as an effective redressal mechanism to address the grievances of aggrieved citizens. This is primarily because of the faulty composition of the NEAA, alongside the non-appointment of the chairperson and vicechairperson. The future of the NEAA looks bleak and its usefulness as a quasi-judicial authority must be in doubt.

Mining in the Niyamgiri Hills and Tribal Rights

The Orissa government's agreement with Vedanta Alumina to allow mining of bauxite deposits in the Niyamgiri hills, the home of the Dongaria Kondha tribe, is an example of how corporate interests backed by state support are trampling on tribal livelihoods and threatening an ecologically rich and important region.

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