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

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Scheduled Tribes Bill 2005

In a process that began early in the last century and still continues, millions of adivasis or those belonging to the scheduled tribes have been denied their rights and access to natural resources, especially forests, whose products made up the chief source of their livelihood. Where they have not been labelled as encroachers and arbitrarily evicted, adivasis have also contributed to the ranks of people displaced by development projects. The proposed bill seeking to accord recognition to those scheduled tribes that once enjoyed such customary rights, is an attempt to set right historical injustices. Unfortunately, the bill itself has been a victim of misconception and misinformation.

Improved Chulha Programme-Boon or Disaster

Boon or Disaster?
Madhu Sarin Under the National Project on Demonstration of Improved Chulhas (NPDIC) begun in 1983, several improved models of chut has were demonstrated all over the country. The project was designed as a programme for women and by women and was aimed at 'helping solve the cooking energy crisis'. The targets were daunting. One lakh chulhas were to be installed in three months of 1983-84, 1000 training courses each of 10 days duration were to be organised to teach village women to build these chulhas and Rs nine crore was set aside for the project. By the end of 1984-85 7.56 lakh chulhas are supposed to have been built resulting in an estimated annual saving of six lakh tonnes of fuelwood. This article partly based on a survey, looks at the evidence from the field and finds that the NPDIC has not been quite the success that it has been reported to be.

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