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between the lines: 2nd October, 2018

Empowered by truth Don’t believe everything you hear. That’s what some pro-environment advocates learned yesterday when they met with the Minister for Waterways and Environment Mahendra Reddy. They told Mr
02 Oct 2018 11:34
between the lines: 2nd October, 2018

Empowered by truth

Don’t believe everything you hear.

That’s what some pro-environment advocates learned yesterday when they met with the Minister for Waterways and Environment Mahendra Reddy.

They told Mr Reddy that a group had claimed it was doing some development work in their area because it had a licence. However, as they found out, that was not true after the ministerial staff checked it out and discovered no licence had been given.  A few days ago they were asked to sign a document from agents of the proposed project. Most signed. Now they are regretting they signed because the matter had not been discussed by their respective villages in a properly constituted public consultation as agreed in an earlier workshop. It was agreed to set up a management committee to help the villagers in  an advisory capacity. It was also resolved that public consultations at village level must he held. This was not done. The disgruntled group members have asked Mr Reddy  to ensure that the project in question is handled by Government not a private group. They feel a lot better now after meeting Mr Reddy because they have been empowered by the truth.

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