Bahraich: Rechristened as Gokulpur,
Dafedaar Gaudi village in Uttar Pradesh`s Behraich district
has became the first tribal village in the state to be
converted into a revenue village under the Forest Rights Act.
The move will help some 53 tribal families living their
since past 80 years to avail government welfare and
development schemes being implemented through village
The district magistrate Rigzian Samphal yesterday
distributed the registry deeds of agricultural land to 53
families of the village to start the process.
This is the first forest village in the state which has
been converted into a revenue village, he said.
Jitendra Chaturvedi, the district coordinator of Dehat--
an NGO working for getting forest rights restored for forest
dwellers, said, forest dwellers living in such villages across
the country are deprived of facilities like ration cards and
other government schemes and jobs.
Following years of agitations, the Union government in
2006 passed Scheduled tribe and traditional forest dwellers
(recognition of forest rights ) Act, which came into force in
"The Act would benefit lakhs of such forest dwellers all
over the country," he said.