1.32 lakh claims of forest dwellers in MP

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Bhopal, Jul 2: More than 1.32 lakh claims have been received so far in Madhya Pradesh under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Rights) Act 2006 and Rules 2008 for granting title deeds of land.

The state government, which claims to have chalked out an action plan for the implementation of the Act, has sent eight lakh copies of claim forms to the Gram Sabhas so that the claimants could get it free of cost.

The action plan also include measures to meet the problems that might crop up in the Act's implementation.

Along with wide media coverage for creating awareness, translation of the Act in regional and local tribal dialects was also made, official sources said.

For verification of claim forms, a special gadget is being used to record the claimant's personal record, photograph and map of land/house and later certificate would be issued to the claimant.

Survey teams comprising Forest and Revenue officials have been constituted to verify claims, which would be accepted even without caste certificates. Provisions have been made for honorarium to those who help a claimant fill his form, the sources added.

Division-wise break-up of claims filed so far include 19,707 in Bhopal, 6428 in Hoshangabad, 21910 in Indore, 2593 in Ujjain, 1109 in Chambal, 31467 in Gwalior, 2191 in Sagar, 16823 in Jabalpur and 30,608 in Rewa division.

UNI

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