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Tribals protest in Ahmedabad demanding implementation of FRA, MNREGA

IANS  |  Ahmedabad 

Hundreds of tribals from six districts of gathered here at the riverfront and took out a rally demanding implementation of Forest Rights Act (FRA), Food Security Act (FSA) and MNREGA.

They handed over a memorandum to the Ahmedabad collector, seeking land ownership under

Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006.

Leading the protest march of around 7,000 to 8,000 tribals, who came from the eastern belt districts of Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Dahod and Panchmahals, the Sangathan threw light on the protesters' demands.

According to Sangathan, only 40 per cent or 73,921 tribals have been given (land rights certificate). Whereas, the rightful claims under Forest Rights Act of as many as 1,08,948 others have been rejected for various reasons.

A total of 73921 (40.4%) farmers have been given such Adhikar Patras, according to the government data.

"They cannot reject a claim, when an application is already verified by the Gram Sabha and submitted at block office," Bansi Solanki, the convener of the organisation, told IANS.

The protesters also demanded their rights under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (MNREGA) and Food Security Act (FSA).

"The tribals are being denied their rights under MNREGA and also in tribal regions for years. We have been demanding our rights for several years but to no avail. We are giving Chief Minister a last chance and hope he takes action. Otherwise, we will show our strength in the forthcoming general elections," Paulomee Mistry, of Eklayva Sangathan asserted.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 04:02 IST
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