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Tripura ranks highest in RFRA compliance in NE
Published on 2 Dec. 2009 11:43 PM IST
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Tripura has become a pioneer state in distributing land deed under Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (RFRA), in Northeast, even as no other states except Assam has registered distribution of any plot of land. Referring to a report of the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, official sources here today said only Tripura and Assam had so far distributed land under the Act and the performance of Tripura in the region was found to be best. According to the report, Tripura has distributed land to 82,741 forest dwelling families among about 1,62,819 claims, while 66,546 families had been given land in Assam, besides 14 other union territories and states of the country. Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan and West Bengal had established the prescribed strictures and procedures to receive the claims and started distributing the title deeds, but other states, because of various reasons, were still to catch up, the report said, adding more than 24.90 lakh claims were filed and 5.68 lakh titles had been distributed, reported UNI. The report underlined that in case of Arunachal Pradesh, barring few pockets of land under wildlife sanctuaries, reserved forests, most of the land in the entire state was community land and territorial boundaries of land and forest belonging to one community or tribe was also identified on the same lines, leaving no scope for any dispute over the possession of forest land or water bodies among the tribes. Similarly, Nagaland said the land holding system and the village system of the Naga people was peculiar in that the people themselves were the land owners and hence, the Act would not be applicable there, while Sikkim had also been facing similar kind of problem in view of critical wildlife habitat, the report added.

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