The State government is contemplating to recommend the High Court for setting up a special bench for disposal of cases pertaining to restoration of tribal land in several scheduled areas.
“The State government has been consistently trying to restore land in favour of tribal people. But soon after restoration processes are completed, in majority of cases the aggrieved parties lose no time and knock doors of court.
And the whole process gets stuck in legal tangles,” Aurobindo Behera, Member Board of Revenue, told The Hindu on the sidelines of a seminar held here on Saturday.
Mr. Behera said a high level committee comprising of him, secretaries of Revenue and Disaster Management and SC ST Development departments after detail deliberation decided to recommend setting up of a bench for expeditious disposal of these cases.
“Effective and expeditious restoration of rights of land of tribal persons in scheduled area would help quench the anger,” he said.
Mass movements building over land rights of tribal people have become a cause of worry for the State government. In 2006, members of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) had taken over acres of land in Narayanpatna in Koraput district alleging that non-tribal people had fraudulently taken away tribal land in the past.
In subsequent years, CMAS strengthened its movement encouraging tribal people to wrest control over the land.
During past few years, similar agitations pertaining to land restoration issues have surfaced in many areas such as Kasinagar and Chandragiri in Gajapati and Sorada in Ganjam districts.