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Posted on Nov 11, 04:14PM | UNI
Madhya Pradesh Minister of State for Scheduled Castes Welfare Harishankar Khatik has stressed the need to accelerate pace of disposing of claims for community rights under the Forest Rights Act.
So far, 9,300 community claims on forest land have been disposed of in the state.
Mr Khatik was addressing the concluding session of two-day workshop focusing on the Forest Rights Act here yesterday, an official release said.
Officers of Revenue, Forest and Tribal Welfare departments of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh participated in the workshop.
He said that good work has been done to dispose of individual forest right claims in Madhya Pradesh. So far, forest land rights documents have been distributed to 1.75 forest dwellers in the state.
Mr Khatik said that the government has provided benefits of official schemes for the welfare of forest dwellers.
Wells have been dug and pump sets installed in the fields of forest dwellers. They have also been provided Kisan Credit Cards.
He urged members of civil society to cooperate towards completion of remaining work. He hoped that Madhya Pradesh will be the first state to complete work under the Act.