Dr. Urs also told IIJNM Bangalore that the New Draft Forest Policy is going to kill the forests and they aim towards greater participation from forest communities. The official rejection of the policy will be sent out tomorrow and they are soon going to draft a new policy.
Dr. Kshitij Urs, Regional manager of Action Aid, delivers the vote of thanks. He adds that following the discussion with the ST communities, they have come to the conclusion that they are going to reject the New Draft Forest Policy.
The Congress policy towards civil society was live and let live. There was no vindictiveness like you are seeing today. This is the only political statement I would like to make today, says Ramesh.
Civil society has a bleak future under the current establishment. This is because the government feels that the civil society has nothing to contribute. Civil societies have been vindicated and blacklisted and is under severe threat, says Ramesh.
The present government works on the principle of, 'FAST'. They first act and then think, says Ramesh.
Rather than individuals writing, a group should come together to come up with recommendations for the Standing committee on environment and sustainable development, says Ramesh.
We need political leaders who are sensitive to ecological needs and those who can criticise the government on its policies, says Ramesh.
The government in power always seeks to maximize visual growth, but the question is can we do things differently than the way we have been so that we strike ecological balance. Economic growth with ecological balance is the goal, says Ramesh.
From Kerala right up to Gujarat, there is immense pressure to create jobs and also open up communication lines. The demographic and development debate emphasises the need to find a balance, says Ramesh.
Water bodies have been a great casualty of urbanisation. Bangalore, Coimbatore and Calcutta have lost their wetlands, says Ramesh.
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There is 'wasted land' but no waste land in India. The concept of ' waste land' is dangerous, says Ramesh.
One of the greatest tragedies of Indian subcontinent is the loss of grasslands which is due to the conception that grasslands are waste lands, says Ramesh.
One recommendation of the TSR Subramaniam committee that was thankfully not implemented is the delegation of forest clearances to state governments, says Ramesh.
Ramesh states the example of Mendha Lekha, a village in Maharashtra which was the first village in India to be given community forest rights.