Modi govt cut consultation for corporate projects: Amnesty

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2015 19:21 IST

Human rights group Amnesty International’s report for 2014-15 released on Wednesday claimed that the Narendra Modi government after coming to power in May last year had reduced ‘requirements to consult’ with communities affected by corporate-led projects.

Noting that before the May elections Modi had made promises of good governance and development to all, it said that “the government took steps towards reducing requirements to consult with communities affected by corporate-led projects”.

The report said that under the government, authorities allegedly continued to violate people’s rights to privacy and freedom of expression.

“There was a rise in communal violence in Uttar Pradesh and some other states, and corruption, castebased discrimination and caste violence remained pervasive”, it said.

According to the London-based campaign group, impunity was widespread for human rights
abuses by state and non-state actors during 2014-15, and added that violence by armed groups in Jammu and Kashmir, northeastern states and areas where Maoist forces operated continued to put civilians at risk.

The report also noted several developments during the year related to children's rights, corporate accountability, workers rights, freedom of expression and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

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