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Highlighting demand: People from Sokkadi village at the Krishnagiri Collectorate on Monday. —
Highlighting demand: People from Sokkadi village at the Krishnagiri Collectorate on Monday. —

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Submit petitions to District Tribal Welfare Officer: Collector

KRISHNAGIRI: Over 50 people, including women and children from Sokkadi village near Krishnagiri, thronged Collectorate on Monday demanding patta for the land where they are cultivating for the past three generations.

K. Govindaraj, State Committee member of the All India Central Council of Trade Unions affiliated to Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) told ‘The Hindu’ that more than 40,000 people in Krishnagiri district had been denied patta for the land on which they were cultivating for more than three generations.

To ensure the right of forest dwelling for the tribals, Forest Rights Act, 2006 was enacted after prolonged agitations by the tribal associations and Left parties.

Though the practice of issue of patta and other amenities to protect the rights of the forest-dwellers were in progress in other parts of the State, the people in Krishnagiri were being denied their right to cultivate.

Committees

As per the Forest Rights Act, Forest Rights Committees should be formed at the grama sabha meetings. On the recommendations of the grama sabhas, the district administration should have issued pattas to the people before the end of 2009.

More than 40,000 people of Sokkadi, Moranamedu, Ustalaalli, Ittikkal Agaram and Soolagonda had been denied patta in the district. Many cases were pending in various courts demanding patta, Mr. Govindaraj added.

Collector V. K. Shanmugam directed the people to submit their petitions to the District Tribal Welfare Officer.

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