Hyderabad, Nov 22 – At last, the state government has begun the process of addressing one of the most vexing issues ever – providing rights to tribals on the land they have been cultivating for generations. It is expected that once this issue is resolved, tribal-forest department conflicts will end as there will be a clear demarcation of land. The forest staff will know whose land belongs to the tribals and the latter will know which is the forest land. The area under cultivation in forest land in the erstwhile Adilabad district has increased since the then AP government issued pattas to eligible farmers who had grown crops in the land prior to 2005.
According to official records, 70,053 applications were received at that time, of which 37,324 were accepted. Approved by the District Level Committee. The extent of area was 1.36 lakh acres. This time the number of applications received was 83,000 for an extent of 3.1 lakh acres. The number of applications received is much higher as compared to the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. Most of the applications received were from Kumarbhim-Asifabad district. Their number is 31,633, followed by Adilabad (24,561 applicants), Mancherial (11,938), and Nirmal (14,868) for an extent of 3.01 lakh acres. To fulfill the long-pending demand of conferring ownership rights on forest lands to tribals, the state government initiated a survey with forest, panchayat raj and revenue officials in the erstwhile Adilabad district.
The survey teams appointed by all the three departments completed the survey at the ground level and identified the farmers who are cultivating the land and which land is vacant. The officials collected the details and uploaded them in the app which has been provided by the Tribal Welfare Department. The employees will show the data at the time of gram sabha and pass the resolution giving ownership with the consent of all. The village-level gram sabha resolution copy which is passed will be sent to the district-level committee for finalisation. Land use certificates distributed Adilabad: With the completion of the land survey, the forest officials have started organizing gram sabhas to distribute the rights certificates. One such event took place in Maralwai gram panchayat under Jainur mandal of Kumurambhim Asifabad district. Forest section officer Haritha said that the certificates are being handed over to those who have been doing farming since 2005. He urged the people to take their concerns to the Gram Panchayat. Sarpanch Kanak Pratibha Venkateswara Rao, Panchayat Secretary and other forest officials also participated in the programme.
Telangana government begins process of providing land rights to tribals in Adilabad
Story first published: Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 21:12 [IST]