The GPS method by which the land holdings of Girijan farmers is being measured for giving them pattas under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, commonly known as Restoration of Forest Right Act, was criticised by Girijans at a public hearing on implementation of the Act in Andhra Pradesh.
The Aadivasi Atavi Hakkula Saadhana Committee organised the public hearing and invited representatives of Girijan farmer beneficiaries to it. Social activist and national convener of NAPM Medha Patkar. The Act gives individual rights to the tribal people and other forest dwellers on the forest lands under their occupation for cultivation and dwelling rights to manage them, and the total ownership rights on minor forest produce (MFP), along with community rights.
Some farmers were given pattas and many others are yet to receive them, after the survey was conducted, by the IKP authorities who engaged private operators for measuring the land holdings by GPS method and to download the details into the computers to prepare a map.