Beneficiaries yet to be rehabilitated

Published: 20th August 2012 12:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th August 2012 12:35 PM   |  A+A-

Beneficiaries of the Forest Rights Act (FRA) have urged the Government to take immediate steps for their rehabilitation under various projects.

According to reports, the district administration has issued 5,550 non-transferable homestead pattas to the tribals under the FRA.

A total of 1,116 out of 5,550 tribals, who received the pattas, have benefited under various schemes such as Indira Awas Yojna (IAY), Mo Pokhari, Mo Kudia and MGNREGS.

While 123 tribals have benefited under IAY, one has received assistance under Mo Kudia.

Similarly, 852 and 40 tribals have availed of benefits under Mo Pokhari and MGNREGS programmes respectively.

District Welfare Officer P K Das said houses under the scheme were being provided on a priority basis.

Tribal leader Umakant Mahant said a monitoring and evaluation team should be put in place to asses the development-cum-rehabilitation work, beginning with sanction of pattas in the tribal-dominated Kanakdahada block and backward blocks such as Hindol.

He said the Government should create an awareness on the development projects in the area.

Due to lack of awareness, many tribals, who could have developed land under the FRA, continue to migrate, he added.

However, Kamakshyanagar Assistant Block Development Officer Niranjan Mishra said the administration is taking steps to rehabilitate tribals, who have received pattas.  About 45 pattas have to be deducted in Markata village of Kadua gram panchayat since it was industrial land, he said.

As many as 217 tribals have been awarded pattas and 188 would benefit under the housing schemes in 2012-13, he added.


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