12.30 lakh land titles given to tribals
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 18:36
New Delhi: In a bid to ensure that people in tribal areas get due share in forest land, government has distributed more than 12.30 lakh land titles to such residents and additional 13,000 titles are ready for distribution.

"Till October 2011, more than 31.49 lakh titles have been filed and more than 12.30 lakh titles have been distributed under the Act. More than 13,000 titles were ready for distribution," Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Mahadeo Singh Khandela said today in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

On reports of harassment by local administration of forest dwellers claiming land under the ST and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006, he said, "Complaints have been received concerning denial of rights and eviction of tribals from forests."

These complaints have been sent to respective states for taking necessary action as the implementation of Act lies with the state government, he said.

On health facilities in tribal areas, Khandela said National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has taken several steps to improve health infrastructure in these ares with a special focus on 18 states.

"A new initiative namely Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK) has been launched in June 2011, which entitles all pregnant women delivering in public health institutions to absolutely free and no expense delivery including caesarean section," he said.

More than eight lakh Accredited Social Health Activists have been engaged to generate demand of health care services by the community, he said.


First Published: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 18:36

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