Sonbhadra District

Poor implementation of forest rights act hurts tribals
Need to recognise the rights of forest-dwelling and tribal communities over their traditional lands. Posted on 02 Oct, 2020 10:35 PM

In pre-colonial times, India’s forestlands were mostly under the use of the local communities. Forest policies led to centralisation in colonial times with forestland being subject to commercial over-exploitation for revenue generation purposes. This, in turn, led to land alienation of forest dwellers and an overall increase in deforestation.

Indigenous groups that lived and helped maintain the forests for centuries have been undermined (Image: Baiga women, Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 3.0)
Abandoned dams; abandoned people
The National Green Tribunal allowed the ongoing construction on the Kanhar dam to continue despite its many illegalities. Four people who know the situation best explain why we should be disappointed. Posted on 19 May, 2015 04:07 PM

Kanhar, 1976; Polavaram 1941. These are just two of the several dam projects that were proposed decades ago but are yet to see the light of day.

We don't want dams, dams destroy  mountains' reads a slogan painted on a wall in Uttarakhand (Image Source: GJ Lingaraj)
Every household in Delhi to pay environment tax: NGT
Policy updates this week Posted on 12 May, 2015 10:25 AM

Delhites to bear the brunt of Yamuna pollution

Yamuna river in Delhi
Don't forget this Ambedkar Jayanti
Brutal reprisals on unarmed tribal and Dalit protesters are not uncommon, and Kanhar is just the latest. Here's how the next set of protesters could avoid being shot at. Posted on 04 May, 2015 06:40 PM

If Babasaheb Ambedkar had been alive today -- April 14, 2015 -- he would have been 125 years old. In the predominantly tribal and dalit district of Sonbhadra, it was natural that Gambhira Prasad, President of the Kanhar Bandh Virodhi Sangharsh Samiti (KBVSS), decided to mark the day.

The women of Sundari village protest
88% irrigation projects lying unused in Maharashtra
News this week Posted on 20 Apr, 2015 09:27 PM

Nearly 88% irrigation projects lying unused in Maharashtra

A water-deprived region
Norms violated for Ken-Betwa river link's public hearing: Activists
News this week Posted on 12 Jan, 2015 11:01 PM

Activists say that the villagers were informed late for the public hearing of the Ken-Betwa river link

People's public hearing
Phailin rain increases Andhra groundwater levels
News this week: Rainfall after Phailin increases groundwater level in Andhra, poor sanitation in eastern UP and activists rise against petroleum investment zone in Visakhapatnam. Posted on 19 Nov, 2013 10:21 AM

Phailin increases Andhra groundwater levels

Phailin raises groundwater in Andhra (EU-ECHO)
Invitation to regional conference of All India Union Of Forest Working People, Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh
A conference to strengthen the unionization process around the issue of forest rights and to formulate the political strategy needed for it.
Posted on 17 Sep, 2013 06:26 PM

To know more on the All India Union Of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), click here.

For more information on programme, please see attachment below.

All India Union of Forest Working People, NTUI
Water conservation and harvesting by industry - A case study of Hindalco Industries Limited - Renukoot
This presentation describes the work of Hindalco Industries in water conservation and harvesting, in Renukoot. Posted on 17 Nov, 2009 05:51 PM

The work taken up includes lift irrigation projects, construction of small check dams, rainwater harvesting, promotion of horticulture and timber plantation, promotion of composting and cattle vaccination.

Hindalco Industries, Renukoot, Uttar Pradesh, undertakes watershed management project (2007) that aims to benefit farmers of 30 villages
Under the project, more than 2500 acres of land were covered by lift irrigation, benefiting 4165 people and around 8600 acres of land by rain water harvesting structures, benefiting 6500 farmers Posted on 25 May, 2009 02:01 PM

This presentation describes Hindalco's Renukoot operations, which included a watershed management project aimed at benefiting farmers of 30 villages in this hilly area where around 65% of the population lives below the poverty line.