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NPCC reiterates charge against forest minister
Published on 13 Jul. 2009 1:15 AM IST
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Reaffirming that it would ‘never’ allow the vested interest privileged people to turn Hotahoti reserved forest into private chattels, the NPCC on Sunday said it was even ready to face legal suit (threat given by forest minister) to safeguard the rights and properties of Nagas. The NPCC in a faxed statement issued by its chairman media cell, R. Paphino said it was amused to observe the “contradictory statements” of the forest minister, M.C. Konyak and Forest Department officials in the past few days with regard to Hotahoti reserved forest imbroglio where the forest department flatly denied that there was no encroachment by vested interested individuals including the forest minister. The NPCC questioned the forest minister and the department concerned as to how plantation was carried out in 700 hectares of the land with funding from National Bamboo Mission when they contented that the MoU was under process between the Government and the participating communities which would be incorporated for development mechanism. “What about the rest of the Government forest reserved land measuring more than 500 hectares”? the NPCC asked. (Contd for page 2) NPCC reiterates stand on Hotahoti (From page 1) The Congress said that no government/public property including land, money, arms and ammunition were safe and secure when the concerned government authority turned itself into perpetrator. It was also pointed out that the forest minister had claimed that he had distributed the land to public. Contrary to their arguments, the NPCC said the factual status of the encroached land revealed that except for little bit of bamboo sapling plantation carried out by the minister, other encroachers were developing the land at random with many of them planting teak, nahor, pineapple, aracanut, orange, mango, banana and paddy fields.

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