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Draft EIA Notification 2020, an Instrument to Grab Tribal Lands: Indigenous Lawyers, Time8

By Debananda Medak, Time8
30/06/2020

The MoEFCC in its “India State of Forest Report 2019″ states that about 60 per cent of the country’s forest cover is in India’s tribal districts and North East India.

Guwahati: The Indigenous Lawyers Association of India on Tuesday urged the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to withdraw the Draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification of 2020, which it described as unconstitutional and an instrument to grab tribal lands and forests.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in its “India State of Forest Report 2019″ states that about 60 per cent of the country’s forest cover is in India’s tribal districts and North East India.

Association president Dilip Kanti Chakma said, “An Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification is an executive order and it is settled legal proposition that an executive order cannot override, amend or alter