Bhubaneswar: Orissa government has
distributed 81,865 acres forest land among tribal families
since August under the Forest Rights Act, 2006, state Land
Revenue Minister S N Patro said.
"Of the total 3,04,530 applications by tribals living in
forests, 28,400 people had been provided with land rights
documents (pattas) by October 9 this year," he said.
Patro, who attended a review meeting chaired by Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik here on settlement of forest land
rights to tribals, said the government began providing
documents to tribals on August 19.
A maximum of two acres of forest land under cultivation
could be allotted to each tribal family, Patro said.
With a large number of applications pending for disposal,
the chief minister directed the revenue and tribal welfare
department to expedite the land distribution activities.
Patnaik has also asked officials to immediately start
survey of land and convert forest land to revenue land so that
the tribals do not face any problem.
The southern division disposed maximum of 68 per cent of
applications, followed by northern division of 50.8 percent
and 28.81 per cent by central division, official sources said.