Centre not satisfied with states over FRA implementation

The Centre has asked the respective governments to direct their officials to make "vigorous" efforts for inviting the title claims and processing the same "expeditiously".

Last Updated: Sep 01, 2010, 22:02 PM IST

New Delhi: Dissatisfied with the progress
made by many states in the implementation of Forest Rights
Act, the Centre has asked the respective governments to
direct their officials to make "vigorous" efforts for inviting
the title claims and processing the same "expeditiously".

As per reports, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal
Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttrakhand
and Maharashtra have not performed well in the implementation
of the Act, an official of the Tribal Affairs Ministry said
today.

In Goa, disposal of the claims made by tribals and other
forest dwellers for their land title has been nil while in
others states disposal of claims has been very low, he said.

"In view of the priority being accorded to the
implementation of the Act at the highest level, Tribal Affairs
Minister Kanti Lal Bhuria has requested the Chief Ministers to
direct the concerned officers to make vigorous efforts for
inviting claims and processing the same expeditiously for
issue of title deeds to all the eligible claimants," he said.

In a letter to all these Chief Ministers, Bhuria has also
suggested that they should launch a special campaign for
generating widespread awareness about the provisions of the
Act amongst the forest dwellers.

The Minister has also asked the Chief Ministers concerned
to make arrangements for imparting training to the field level
functionaries to generate awareness about the provisions of
the Act among its beneficiaries.

"The Gram Sabhas could be given instructions to make
special efforts for inviting claims," Bhuria said.

He also asked the Chief Ministers to take action for
dovetailing the development and welfare programmes for the
uplift of potential title holders, the ministry official said.

PTI