Text of the objections to the Draft Notification No 1136 amending Environment (Protection) Act of 1986, raised by Ravi Rebbapragada, executive director, Samata, an Andhra Pradesh-based people’s organization, in a letter to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change:

Samata is a social action group working on issues of human rights and environment, particularly in the context of indigenous (tribal/Adivasi) communities in the Eastern Ghats of southern India and specifically in the north coastal region of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Samata’s primary focus has been on empowering the tribal people to assert and protect their constitutional and traditional rights over their na tural resources and traditional livelihoods. Read more