Demand for forest rights lease in MP: People of the tribal society came on the road, have been occupying the forest land for years, yet deprived of the lease

Neeraj Kakotia, Balaghat. Baiga and tribal families of more than a dozen villages living in the forest area under Birsa tribal area of ​​Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh have been forced to hit the road for the demand of lease. These families living in the Naxalite affected area at a remote place about 100 to 150 km away do not have forest rights pattas, due to which they are finding themselves troubled.

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According to the information, under the banner of Mahakaushal Vanvasi Vikas Parishad, these families reached the headquarters and handed over their demand letter to Additional Collector Shiv Govind Markam. In which hundreds of villagers from dozens of villages including Machhurda, Dhamangaon, Komo, Gidori, Lalpur, Nakatola and the members of Baiga and Gond community told that they have been living for many years.

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Coming under the purview of the 2006 law of giving pattas to pre-2005 occupants of the government. But at the administrative level, they have not yet been given the patta. They have demanded that the leases should be given by the coming 15th November, otherwise, from 16th November, there will be a big agitation. However, Additional Collector Shiv Govind Markam said that the matter will be investigated and those who are deprived of the lease, their leases will be made.

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