Conduct campaign to distribute pending pattas of forest rights: CM


Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has given directives to conduct a campaign in all the districts for distribution of pending forest rights pattas. Under the campaign, pending pattas should be examined from April 1 to 30 and pattas should be distributed during the period from May 1 to 30. Moreover, he instructed to prepare schemes for development of the places of faith and reverence of the tribal communities. CM Chouhan issued these instructions at the meeting of Adim Jati Mantrana Parishad held here today. Chouhan said that action should be taken along with the help of public representatives to examine the pending forest rights pattas in all the districts. Action should be taken to provide map to the beneficiaries, who have received the forest rights pattas. The Chief Minister has given instructions to constitute a committee for leaseholders of forest rights for facilities on the lines for the facilities being provided to the normal farmers. The committee will comprise Minister for Scheduled Caste and Tribe Welfare Lalsingh Arya, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Omprakash Dhurve, Additional Chief Secretaries of Forest and Panchayat and Rural Development and Principal Secretaries of Scheduled Tribe Development and Revenue department. Chouhan further stated that small works of low cost should be undertaken through integrated tribal development projects. The project consultant will fix the requirements of development at division level. Ashram-Chhatrawas should be opened for the children of tribal families, who migrate their districts in search of employment, he added.

Special campaign to fill backlog posts

The Chief Minister gave instructions that special campaigns should be conducted to fill the backlog posts of scheduled tribe. Minor cases registered against the people of tribal community should be cancelled by conducting a campaign. Start maintenance works of forts and castles of the tribal areas. He stated that to ensure posting of woman superintendent at tribal women hostels, if require undertake new recruitment. Chouhan said that a five member committee will be constituted to define correctly the PESA Act, the provisions of the Panchayats (Extension of Scheduled Areas) Act 1996 and 5th schedule. Conduct a special campaign to redress the cases of section 170 (b) within the time limit of 3 months. Simplify the rule relating to trees felling in tribal areas. Undertake experiment on the suggestion to give stray cattle of the urban areas to use them in the farming in tribal areas.

Members’ Suggestions

Many suggestions were given by the members in the meeting including compensation to forest rights lease holders during natural calamities like normal farmers, to undertake minor development works through tribal project, opening of ashram-chhatrawas at janpad level, to follow the reservation roster, to form mahua board, appointment of capable teachers in Eklavya schools, to put a ban on sale of illicit liquor in tribal dominance areas and to conduct an effective programme against malnutrition in tribal areas. Minister for Scheduled Caste and Tribe Welfare Lalsingh Arya, Minister for Animal husbandry, Cottage and Village Industry Antarsingh Arya, Minister for Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Omprakash Dhurve, MP Faggan Singh Kulaste, Chairman Scheduled Tribe Commission Narendra Maravi and MLAs (members of the council) attended the meeting. Chief Secretary B.P. Singh, DGP R.K. Shukla and Officers of the concerned departments were also present in the meeting.