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About 2 lakh tribals of LWE-affected areas yet to get land

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Of the total of 1,83,538 pending applications, the highest of 1,02,294 are from tribals in Orissa, 29,119 from those in West Bengal, 15,493 from Madhya Pradesh, 13,720 from Maharashtra and 9,749 from Jharkhand, an official data said.

9,244 claims from tribals in Andhra Pradesh, 3,961 from Chhattisgarh, 1,700 from Uttar Pradesh and 1,238 from Bihar are pending decision, the data updated till June 30, this year said.

According to Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, a tribal is authorised to get a specified part of land for use of minor forest produce among other.

There have been allegations that deprivation and discrimination against tribals led to many of the youths from the community joining the naxal movement. This has also led the government to amending the Act giving more rights to the tribals.

The Government has so far received a total of 24,24,461 claims from people, out of which titles (patta) have been given in 10,06,672 cases.

It has rejected claims of 12, 34, 251 people for different reasons.

From Andhra Pradesh, the Centre has received a total of 3,30,479 claims out of which lands were alloted in 1,67,797 cases and the applications of 1,53,438 tribals were rejected.

It has rejected 1,644 applications and given land to 28 people out of the total 2,930 applications received from tribals of naxalism affected areas in Bihar.

In worst Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh, land has been alloted in 2,15,443 cases of the total of 4,92,068 applications. The Government has declined the claims of 2,72,664. (MORE)

First Published: Thu, July 19 2012. 18:36 IST