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SC eviction order likely to impact 1.89 mn tribal, forest-dwelling families

Tribal affairs ministry had warned states last year hasty evictions could create 'grounds for unrest, agitation and fuel extremism'.

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Forest Rights Act  |  Supreme Court  |  Tribal Rights

Nitin Sethi  |  New Delhi 

The number of tribal and other forest-dwelling families who can be potentially impacted by the Supreme Court’s order on eviction from forests could go up as high as 1.89 million households countrywide. This is the total number of claims to forestlands that have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act across all 35 states and union territories, according to the latest data from Union ministry for tribal affairs.

On February 20, the Supreme Court ordered time-bound eviction of all those families whose claims under the Forest Rights Act had been rejected by the authorities. The ...

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First Published: Thu, February 21 2019. 20:23 IST
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