A.H. Vishwanath, Mysore MP, and R. Dhruvanarayan, Chamarajanagar MP, took Forest Department officials to task on Monday for objecting to construct houses for tribal people under a Central scheme, and for showing “lack of will” in the implementation of the Forest Rights Act.

They were speaking at the Central Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting here to review the progress of Centrally sponsored schemes.

Deeds soon

After an animated debate over the issue, Mysore Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad announced that title deeds would be given within a month to the 280 tribal families rehabilitated at Nagapura near Hunsur.

Earlier, M.B. Prabhu, a nominated member of the committee, raised the issue of non-issuance of title deeds to tribal families at Nagapura. He wanted the district administration to survey the five acres of each family before issuing hakku patra (title deeds), saying some possessed smaller plots.

Mr. Dhruvanarayan and Mr. Vishwanath stated that title deeds would issued to the tribal people for whatever land they possessed and if it was less than five acres, the remaining acres could be allotted at a different location later. Such a move would facilitate speedy issuance of hakku patra.

Central scheme

Both the MPs took exception to the Forest Department for not allowing the tribal people to build houses under a Central scheme for which Rs. 53 crore had been allotted.

Mr. Dhruvanarayan said the implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act was progressing well in Chamarajanagar, but not in Mysore.

He wanted to know why the Forest Department objected to the construction of houses by the tribal people at D.B. Kuppe hadi in Mysore district.