Large-scale development projects have been initiated in scheduled areas of India. Tribal lands and their common property resources (CPRs) and other natural resources (NRs) are now exposed to exploitative market forces. The panel invites papers on issues relevant to development, displacement, and rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R).
After India's independence, several large scale irrigation and other mining projects have been initiated by the appropriate governments in the name of development. For this purpose, compulsory acquisition of tribal lands by the state in scheduled areas has been emerged as common phenomenon. In most of the cases, the project affected persons (PAPs) have not been compensated by proper rehabilitation and resettlement measures for their welfare, even though there are certain national and international norms and other guiding principle existed for their protection. In this process, the PAPs have been resisting all the threats of displacement and loss of their livelihoods with the support of civil society organisations (CSOs).
The panel invites the papers relevant to development, displacement, rehabilitation and resettlement policy and its implementation in India with special focus on irrigation, mining and other projects, i.e. special economic zones (SEZs), sanctuaries and tiger reserves.