As many as 4 lakh 54 thousand individual and more than 45 thousand community forest rights letters have been distributed in Chhattisgarh so far
Around 3.82 lakh individual and 36,674 community forest rights letters have been registered in the records of Revenue and Forest Department
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel reviewed the implementation of Forest Rights Act
The 5.15 lakh hectare area distributed to the forest dwellers in form of forest rights letter have been uploaded on Bhuiyan portal
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today reviewed the implementation of Forest Rights Act, 2006 in the state. He directed the officials concerned to prepare an effective action plan for the management of forestland distributed under Community Forest Rights and Community Forest Resource Rights. Officials have been directed to run a special drive to redress the claims of community forest resource rights, and to organize Gram Sabha Awareness Campaign for this purpose. Forest and Climate Change Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar, Advisors to Chief Minister Mr. Rajesh Tiwari and Mr. Pradeep Sharma, Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain and Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Subrat Sahu also attended the meeting held at Chief Minister's residence office.Secretary, Tribal and Scheduled Castes Development Department, Mr. D.D. Singh told in the review meeting that so far, four lakh 54 thousand 415 individual forest rights letters, 45 thousand 847 community forest rights letters and 3731 community forest resource rights letters have been distributed in the forest areas of the state, thereby allotting more than three lakh 70 thousand hectares, one lakh 98 thousand hectares and 15 lakh 32 thousand hectares respectively to the forest dwellers. He informed that so far, three lakh 81 thousand 667 individual forest rights letters, 36 thousand 674 community forest rights letters and 2965 community forest resource rights letters have been registered in the records of revenue and forest departments. About five lakh 15 thousand hectare area that has been distributed through one lakh 83 thousand 604 individual forest rights letters have also been uploaded on Bhuiya portal.
It was informed in the meeting that under the Forest Rights Act, 23 thousand 643 beneficiaries of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (Special Protected Tribes) have been given individual forest rights letters. People belonging to these tribes have also been provided 1758 Community Forest Rights letters and 106 Community Forest Resources Right Letters. Under the Act, 17 thousand 209 widow, unmarried and divorced tribal women across the state have also been awarded individual forest rights letters. Officials said that in order to remove the errors in the Forest Rights Letters and to bring uniformity in all the districts, the draft of the Model Forest Rights Letter has been issued to all the districts. In the review meeting, Principal Secretary, Forest and Climate Change Department, Mr. Manoj Pingua, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Rakesh Chaturvedi, Secretary of Panchayat and Rural Development Mr. Prasanna R., Secretary of Revenue Department Mr. Neelam Namdev Ekka and Commissioner of Tribal and Scheduled Caste Development Department, Mrs. Shammi Abidi was also present.