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Workshop on forest dwellers and their rights

Chaibasa, June 13: West Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner Abu Backer Sidhique chaired a workshop on Scheduled Tribes and others Traditional Forest Dwellers Act 2006 and the amended Act 2012 under the welfare department at DC office on Monday.

 
Addressing the workshop, DC said, “Our target is to distribute 40,000 van pattas under the Forest Rights Act and so far 5,000 van pattas have been distributed and the target of the rest of the van patta distribution is likely to be completed with the help of two NGOs and Forest Right Samity by August 15.”

The DC added that forest department officers and circle office level officer should take part in Gram Sabha and collect the information of objection passed by the gram sabha and after verification circle officer should issue no objection and thereafter the application of claim forwarded to sub-divisional office.  

He further said that attention must be given in regard with the quorum of gram sabha that the percentage of old man presence should be minimum 50 percent in which the women representations should be one third.

According to the DC, the forest department cancelled the patta after banning the royalty deposits  in 1964 and now such patta can be allotted as it clears that the forest lands are  in possession  of the forest  dwellers  prior to 2005.  DC also warned that no letter for van patta should be issued by circle office, as the gram sabhas will raise objections.    

Sidhique added that district have received the target of 6 hundred collective Van Patta.   DC asked clarification from COs of Tonto, Jagnnathpur, Kumardungi, Noamundi, Goelkera, Sonua and Gudri blocks for not attending the workshop.  On the occasion DC flagged off the Jagrukta Rath from the premises of his office.  

District welfare officer Solen Bhuinya, SDO (Sadar) Rakesh Kumar Dubey, forest officers and circle officers were present on the occasion.

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