On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Chhattisgarh Government distributed community forest resources rights certificates to the tribal families living in urban areas and in core areas of the national tiger reserves of the state.
At his official residence, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel provided community forest resources rights certificates to village Karhi forest rights committee president Nathlu Ram Markam, village Joratarai president Birbal Padmakar and village Masulkhoi forest rights committee president Himmat Singh Netam of Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve (USTR). Besides, village Baroli and Bahigaon gram sabhas of USTR were also provided with the certificates.
The certificates were given over 14000 acres jungle to gram sabhas of five villages in the core areas. In this way, allotment of forest rights certificates to tribal community people living in urban areas started from Nagar Panchayat Nagri in Dhamtari district. This Nagar Panchayat is formed of three villages as Churiyara, Tumbahara and Nagri, where certificates were given over 10200 acre jungle. A total of 700 villages were allotted with community forest resources certificates in Chhattisgarh on Monday. It includes 150 villages of Surajpur and 143 villages of Kanker. Also, nine personal forest rights certificates were given in different urban areas.
Prior to this, Bhupesh Baghel performed puja of Budhadev and Maa Danteshwari and paid tribute to Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh.