Acquisition of Forestland for Industry

12 January 2012 Sarguja. On 12 January the Jansatyagrah Samvad Yatra reached Mrigadand village of Sarguja where 25 village leaders had organised a „Adivasi Parliament‟. While addressing the gathering Shri Bedsay, leader of Pando community said that information about the forest rights act was not given in a transparent and clear manner in the Gram Sabhas therefore more than 50 percent of the tribal families have not been able to submit their claims. Shri Raghuvir Das, district coordinator Ekta Parishad said that according to the official data 90,882 claims were filed in the district but only 14,298.50 hectares of land pertaining to 26,584 claims has been distributed and information about the rejection of the remaining claims has not been given to the claimants. He expects that the elected representatives would raise this issue at A proposal of people’s claims duly passed by the Gram Sabha of Nakna Gram Panchayat was submitted to the administration but most of the claims have been rejected.

Smt Lalita, Sarpanch, Nakna Gram Panchayat various administrative levels. Shri T.S. Singhdev, MLA of Ambikapur said that coal from Parsa and Ghanrara region is being at minimal price to the industries that will generate electricity for neighbouring states and not the local area. Similarly the proposed 4000 Megawatt power unit in Khamriha will not benefit the local people. In Parsa forestland has been acquired for industry on a very large scale and therefore claims by the people under Forest Rights Act have not been accepted. He expressed his hope that these and similar issues will be raised at state and national level through Jansatyagrah 2012. Thereafter a public hearing was held in the Bakaspur region of Rajpur where tribal leaders shared their experiences of rejection of claims filed by the people under Forest Rights Act. Shri Hari Yadav, Area coordinator Ekta Parishad said that preparations were on and more than 500 people from the area would join in the decisive action of Jansatyagrah in October 2012.


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