Official nod to committees for implementing Forest Rights Act

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 12/2/2020 10:28:04 AM

Meanwhile, nomadic community members allege they are getting eviction notices

SRINAGAR, Dec 1: Jammu & Kashmir government on Tuesday accorded sanction into constitution of committees on various levels for implementation of Forests Rights Act (2006) in Jammu and Kashmir.
An order in this regard, reads that “Sanction is hereby accorded to the constitution of UT Level Monitoring Committee, Sub-Divisional Committee and District Level Committee(s) for implementation of Forest Rights Act, 2006 in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.”
The UT Level Committee, as per the order, will have a total strength of eight persons with Chief Secretary J&K as its Chairperson.
The District Level Committee will have a constitution of four persons with Deputy Commissioner as Chairperson, the order reads.
The Sub-divisional committee(s) will also have a total strength of four persons which, as per the order, will be headed by Sub-Divisional Level Officer of Revenue Department (SDM/ADC).
In Pahalgam, earlier this month, the administration during, what it called, ‘anti encroachment’ drive demolished various structures belonging to the nomad community. Several Gujjars and Bakerwals in the area also said that they had been given notices for eviction.
Similar reports were also received from various other parts of the state including in Jammu region.
Even as the J&K government stated that no nomads are being evicted and that the Forest Rights Act (2006) would be implemented, several nomadic communities continue to complain about alleged harassment and eviction notices.
In its latest report, web portal The Kashmiriyat, said that notices have been issued to the members of the indigenous Gujjar and Bakerwal community in the Kupwara area.
It added that notices have also been served to around dozens of families in Naristan area of Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district asking them to evacuate the ‘illegally occupied’ land in the area.
The report also quoted President of Gujjar Bakarwal Youth Welfare Conference Jammu Kashmir, Zahid Parwaz Choudhary who said that such measures after saying that the Administration wants to implement the Forest Rights Act 2006 only mean that the administration is trying to befool people.
He said the administration should hasten in implementation of the Forest Rights Act and should direct other departments to stop the forcible and illegal eviction of the indigenous Gujjar and Bakerwal Community.



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