Villagers denied Forest Rights because of land Acquisition and inclusion in city area

11 January 2012. On 11 January the Jansatyagrah Yatra made a halt at Srinagar where local elected representatives had organised a large rally. Addressing the rally Smt Renuka Singh of Sarguja Development Authority said that based on the
issues raised by the people in Sarguja during the Jansatyagrah Samvad Yatra the state government should make an organised and time bound development plan for the region. She promised her support to the Jansatyagrah in her capacity as an elected representative of the people. Shri Naresh Rajwade, senior political worker said that the claims made by non-tribals are pending because of lack of caste certificates. He further added that the land settlement proceedings
have been halted in the region in view of the large scale industrial projects that are planned for the area. Thereafter in a public meeting organised by the
„IFFCO power plant Virodhi Sangharsh Samiti‟ many village leaders presented the problems that are being faced by them. Shri Bhagwanram Sidar, tribal leader said that displacement proceedings affecting 31 villages have been started because of the power plant. In the first phase 5000 acres of land at the rate of Rs80,000 per acre has already been acquired in Narayanpur, Kathmuda, Mudgaon, Salka, Raghunathpur and Namna villages. In the remaining villages notification under section 4 of the acquisition act has been made. He said that criminal cases have been filed against 144 people in Mudgaon and other villages. The local administration has do far been negative towards the tribal people and specially the tribal farmers. He concluded with an assurance that more than 2000 project-affected people would participate in Jansatyagrah 2012 for a decisive action.

 The Primitive tribes should be given ownership rights over the land cultivated by them by making necessary concessions in the eligibility criteria that have been stipulated in the Forest Rights Act.

 11 villages around Srinagar have been included in the city limit and the people are being denied their forest rights. People‟s movements like Ekta Parishad should take this into account and plan a large and wide-spread movement.

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