Raipur: A one day discussion on PESA law was organized in Latori village of Surguja district on Sunday. Panchayat and rural development minister TS Singh Deo and school education minister Dr Premsai Singh Tekam attended the discussion in which suggestions on PESA law were invited from people of the primitive societies of Surguja, Balrampur and Surajpur districts of Surguja division.
Addressing the gathering, Panchayat and rural development minister TS Singh Deo said that in 1996, the Congress government had enacted the PESA Act to protect the traditional and conservative rights, culture and livelihood of the tribal society by strengthening the village society i.e. Gram Sabha. However, its rules cannot be framed for various reasons. In the last 15 years, instead of following this law, the BJP government in Chhattisgarh acted contrary to the provisions of this law. But our government is not only committed to following the PESA law, but is making its rules after extensive consultation with you, so that the original intention of PESA law can be implemented on ground level, he said.
He said that while framing the rules of PESA law, it has to be kept in mind that it is according to the conservative systems and beliefs of the society and the better examples of system of village, the processes of settling mutual disputes, the management of resources should be given more priority in the rules.
School Education Minister Dr Premsai Singh Tekam said that both the PESA Act and the Forest Rights Recognition Act in Chhattisgarh have a provision that the Gram Sabha should be formed at the level of ‘para’ and ‘tolas’. It also has its orders, but still it could not be implemented. In the rule of PESA Act, this provision will be kept in a better and concrete way, not only will it be followed, but its understanding will increase at the administrative level. I hope you’re your suggestions will be included in the right way while drafting the rule, he added.