Raipur: Chhattisgarh government is gearing up for effective implementation of Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 in the state.
Panchayat and rural development minister TS Singh Deo is regularly holding discussion to implement this law which aims at strengthening the traditional gram sabhas in tribal dominated areas. This will benefit the tribal population of the state.
The minister is reaching even far flung areas of the state to discuss with people regarding the rules to be made under this law so that maximum benefit can be avail by people under this law. After discussion, rules under the law will be set.
Recently, a special workshop focussing PESA Act was organized. In this workshop, subject experts from all over the country, representatives of tribal society, non-governmental organizations and departmental officers held discussion to formulate rules for implementing PESA Act in Chhattisgarh and gave their suggestions accordingly.
Minister TS Singh Deo said that the government is very much focused and committed for the effective implementation of this law in the tribal dominated areas of the state at the earliest.
Speaking about the benefits of this act, the minister said that Panchayats will have the first right over construction, quarrying, mining if minerals in the Panchayat area. There will be work in the area after permission and clearance from Gram Sabha. Efforts will be made to pass the rule of PESA Act in the upcoming budget session, he said.