Rift between environment and tribal ministry over dilution of tribal veto powers

But Javadekar says no discussions happening in government on dilution of tribal rights

Contrary to statements by Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, his ministry has drafted specific proposals for dilution of tribal consent powers and sent these to the law ministry for finalisation, upon instructions from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). On March 31, Javadekar, when asked about the ongoing discussions in the government on diluting tribal rights, said, "This forest rights [Act] discussion I hear only from newspapers. We have fought for tribal rights since 1980s. I personally have worked with tribals. A tribal has a right to stay where he stays. He has a right ...