Members of the Tamil Nadu Tribal People Association staged protests in front of the 11 forest range offices here on Monday urging the Central government to drop the proposal to amend the Forest Conservation Act (FCA) and implement the Forest Rights Act, 2006,
Members said that the proposed amendments in the Act will destroy the forest, instead of protecting it. “It is nothing but privatisation as forest land will be given to corporates at a very meagre price for implementing infrastructure projects”, they said. Members said that the proposed amendment will dilute the Forest Rights’ Act that ensures basic rights for people living in the forest area. “The proposal should be dropped and the FRA should be implemented”, they added.
Protest was held in front of the range offices at Jerahalli, Talavadi, Talamalai, Hasanur, Germalam, Kadambur, Bhavanisagar, Sathyamangalam, T.N. Palayam, Thamaraikarai and Anthiyur.
Members of the Narikurava community submitted a petition to the officials during the weekly grievance day meeting on Monday urging the district administration to provide free house pattas and also government welfare schemes.They said that they were residing in the area without basic amenities and were not receiving any welfare assistance from the government. Chief Minister M.K. Stalin visited the house of a Narikurava community and distributed welfare assistance and house patta to the woman that had brought hope in us. Hence, steps should be taken to provide pattas to us, they said.
Their livelihood could improve only if the government provides welfare assistance which has been delayed for many generations. They staged a protest outside the collectorate and later submitted a petition to the officials concerned.
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