Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu demanded that the State government issue title deeds to the tribals cultivating the forest land.
As the State government neglected to implement the Forest Rights Act 2006, a large number of tribals were losing their rights on the land.
The CPI (M) leader was addressing a large gathering after a demonstration at Ekasila Park here on Tuesday. The tribals under the aegis of the CPI (M) and its affiliated organisations undertook a relay hunger strike demanding the rights on forest land.
He wanted the District Collector to announce a date and distribute the title deeds to the tribals immediately. With the government being indifferent towards tribal people’s problems, non-tribals were enjoying the rights over the land and exploiting the tribals.
Mr. Raghavulu threatened to undertake indefinite fast if the government failed to concede to the genuine demands of the tribals.
In Warangal district, ‘Podu cultivation’ of forest land was being practiced in 342 villages of 17 mandals. In 1,222 Village Volunteers Societies (VVS), 32, 775 individuals have applied for the title deeds under Forest Rights Act. There were about 43,302 tribals entitled for title deeds in the district, the CPI (M) leader said.
The forest officials should stop harassing the tribals and withdraw the police cases booked against them.
The forest and police officials have booked 82 cases against tribals in Mangapet alone, alleged the CPI (M) district secretary G. Nagaiah.