Justice near the door steps of Dongaria Kondhs tribals
In a village meeting held on Tuesday, Dongaria Kondhs, a primitive tribe residing in the Niyamgiri hills, opposed the state government's attempt to handover Niyamgiri hills to Vedanta for extracting Bauxite. The mining is goign to affect the socio-cultural and economic rights of the tribals.
The meeting also discussed, as to, how the government has made no efforts to protect their interest, but surprisingly the government is planning to allow a private company to operate mining activities on the hills. This is something, which the tribals of the region would not allow to shape up at all costs.
The tribals are sure that they are not going tot allow the private company to wipe out their hills as long as Dongria Kondhs are alive. Out of 72 voters of the village, 50, including 37 women attended the Grama Sabha. All of them recorded their common views, which clearly states that they do not want any mining on the Niyamgiri hills. They voiced it before the High Court appointed Officer-District Judge-Sarat Chandra Mishra.
But in the current scenario as well, it does not seem that the Vedanta Group would get the permission or licence to undertake its mining project on Niyamgiri hills. The 11 Gram Sabha held was also against issuing licence to the company.
p>As per the directions of the Supreme Court on 18th April the state government had decided to convene 12 Gram Sabha in 12 villages under Kalahandi and Rayagada districts to decide the fate of Vedanta project. The last Grama Sabha will be held at Jarapa village in Rayagada District on August 19.