Petitioners’ counsel Raj Kumar urged the court to issue directions to the authorities to constitute gram sabha as provided in the Act to identify the forest dwelling tribals in the gram panchayats.
The Forest Rights were conferred on the tribal communities in 2006 itself.
The Supreme Court order on eviction is expected to affect 894 tribal families in the state, although the district level figures are unavailable.
Shah asserted that what the Modi government has done for the welfare of tribal people during its rule of 55 months the previous Congress dispensations could not do in 55 years.
In a letter to chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, Gandhi said in order to pre-empt large-scale evictions, they must file a review petition.