Odisha should seek more time for reviewing rejected IFR claims, demand activists

first_imgOdisha government should seek more time from Supreme Court to complete the process of reviewing individual forest right (IFR) claims rejected under Forest Right Act, demanded tribal rights activists.Stating that IFR claims were rejected on frivolous grounds and due processes were not followed to review rejections, Campaign for Survival Dignity (CSD), Odisha, a forum which advocates rights of forest dwellers on forests, said gram sabhas should be empowered to prepare records, evidence afresh and submit the IFR claims.“The Supreme Court stay order on February 28 gave temporary relief to thousands of forest dwellers. However, the February 13th eviction order is still hanging over head of the lakhs of tribal and forest dwellers. Forest inhabitants whose applications have been rejected are facing an uncertain future,” said Gopinath Majhi, State convenor of CSD.“The IFR applicants have not been informed about rejection of their applications. About 51251 IFR claims have been shown rejected on the ground of lack sufficient evidence against the IFR claims in Odisha. We are of the view that let all these rejected IFR claims be sent back to the IFR claimants through the concern gram sabhas. They should be provided opportunity to submit application afresh with the required documents or evidence,” Mr. Majhi pointed out.He said 974 IFR applications were rejected due to incomplete application and forest dwellers should be deprived of their rights for their ignorance. Moreover, IFR claims were arbitrarily rejected by the officials at the sub divisional level committees.“Similarly, one of the reasons for rejection pointed out by SDLC is – land claimed is not forestland – in case of 32171 IFR claims. If the claimed land was not verified properly on the ground, how come the SDLCs and district level committees (DLCs) could know the category of the land claimed under IFR,” Mr. Majhi argued.The CSD said the huge procedural goof up made in past 10 years cannot be rectified in a month or two. It demanded all rejected IFR claims be sent back to concerned gram sabhas for carrying out demarcation of the claimed forestland afresh.The Supreme Court is set to resume hearings on the FRA on July 24.last_img read more

‘Ms. Volleyball’ grateful that liberos are put on spotlight with PSA citation

first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Dawn Macandili. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDawn Macandili really lived up to her nickname.The diminutive lass known as Ms. Everywhere once again etched her mark in sporting history when she earned the Ms. Volleyball laurel in the PSA Awards Night Tuesday at Manila Hotel.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving And in another twist of fate, Macandili was the first libero to be given such an honor.“I still can’t believe that I would be given this award because liberos aren’t usually given recognition,” said Macandili in Filipino. “It’s just recently that our roles have been noticed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m really thankful that, somehow, our efforts that we give to our teams are being highlighted.”Macandili first made history when she was named as the 2nd Best Libero in the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship and she carried that plum with her when the Philippines competed in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.center_img #KicksStalker: Curry to auction shoes in support of My Brother’s Keeper View comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle’s defensive dynamo added that the award was a testament to her belief in head coach Ramil De Jesus’ system and a program that has so far produced 10 titles in the UAAP.And Macandili wasn’t the first La Sallian to be given the Ms. Volleyball nod as former captain Mika Reyes was awarded the same trophy in 2017.“Of course I’m not the first athlete under La Salle that was produced under coach Ramil’s system that became a multi-awarded player,” said Macandili. “It’s like I’m just fulfilling coach Ramil’s prophecy.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more