Amendments to century-old laws on tribal rights spark protests in Jharkhand

Jharkhand assembly, on November 23, passed an amendment to century-old laws which restrict use of tribals’ land for industrial and real estate use amid protest inside and outside assembly. The two land acts of the state—Chhotanagpur Tenancy (CNT), 1908 and Santhal Pargana Tenancy (SPT) Acts, 1949— have been amended to easily transfer the land for industrial use which would cause mass displacement. The proposed amendments have been passed without any discussion. Thousands of tribals from across the state hit the roads of state capital demanding scrapping of proposed amendments. Police resorted to lathicharge and teargas to quell the protest.

— source downtoearth.org.in

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