Thursday, November 30, 2023

Jharkhand to give forest pattas to people living in forest

Rannchi: The Jharkhand government is taking a major decision for the people dependent on forests in the state. It will run Abua Veer Dishom forest rights campaign from October. Through this scheme, the government will set up camps and give forest pattas to the people.

The government has started preparations regarding this. Chief Minister Hemant Soren said that the state government is fully committed to ensure that every person eligible to get a forest lease will get his/her right. The Chief Minister has directed the officials of the Scheduled Tribe, Scheduled Caste, Minority and Backward Class Welfare Department to run a rapid campaign and make people aware about forest rights and give them their rights.

Through the Abu Veer Dishom Forest Rights Campaign, Hemant government is preparing to distribute forest pattas among landless eligible people. To make the campaign strong and transparent, instructions have been given to once again constitute Forest Rights Committee (FRC), Sub-Divisional Level Forest Rights Committee (SDLC) and District Level Forest Rights Committee (DLC) in every village under the forest area so that such people can identify those who are still deprived of this right.

Hemant government is making a strategy to work rapidly regarding this scheme. Officials have been instructed to ensure that no person is deprived of his rights. Hemant said, the state government is going to give their rights to tribals, indigenous people, Dalits, poor and landless.

People living in forest areas should be informed about their rights under Forest Rights 2006. For this, the department should ensure wide publicity through various mediums. The Chief Minister said that the Welfare Department should prepare a better outline of the Forest Rights Campaign and give impetus to the campaign. Hemant Soren said, “Under the Forest Rights Act 2006, the forest lease allotment work is still pending in the state. Our government works for these poor and backward people. We are giving them their rights by distributing forest pattas.”

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