Ray of hope for Chhattisgarh tribes
- September 25, 2020
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The tribes of Chhattisgarh have been fighting for their rights for a very long time. Being a densely populated tribal state, the tribes of Chhattisgarh have been upholding their ancient cultural heritage. The tribes feared that the modernization would ruin their lives and grab their lands. Hence the tribes living across Chhattisgarh urged the government to formulate an act to protect their forest rights. Finally the government decided to hand over urban forest land rights, under the scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act 2006, to tribals.
Outlining various steps taken by the Government, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Baghel said that the state government has taken various crucial decisions in last one and a half years for development of tribal communities. The list of initiatives includes, the return of 4200 acres of land to tribal people in Lohandiguda, formation of committee to review the cases of tribal people in jails, decision to utilize DMF for tribal development, formation of Employee Selection Board in Bastar and Sarguja and appointment of local chairman in tribal development authorities.
On the day when the process began with Jagdalpur municipal corporation in Bastar giving the rights to 11 of its tribal residents, the Bhupesh Baghel tweeted,” It’s a matter of pride and satisfaction that Jagdalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) is the first in the country to provide land entitlement under ST and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers(Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006, to urban tribal residents”.
The tribes were delighted to receive forest land right certificates along with housing facility. All beneficiaries said that it means a lot to them and also to their future generation livelihood. The present State Government aims to ensure that the tribal communities have direct access to all government schemes. Hopefully if all the schemes reach all the tribal communities, Chhattisgarh would become the first tribal developed state of India.