Work of making rules to implement 'PESA' in Chhattisgarh in the final stages

Work of making rules to implement 'PESA' in Chhattisgarh in the final stages

Raipur: The work of making rules for effective implementation of the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act in Chhattisgarh is in the final stage.

Panchayat and rural development minister TS Singh Deo is holding regular meetings with the departmental officers in this regard. In the fifth marathon meeting, which lasted for five hours through video conference, the departments concerned were instructed to take necessary actions to finalize the rules for implementing PESA Act in the state.

“Chhattisgarh government is committed to implementing PESA at the earliest. PESA will play an important role in protecting the interests of the tribal society and ensuring their direct participation in the development of forest areas. This will not only preserve their culture, tradition, customs, and traditional knowledge, but will also save water, forest, and land along with other natural resources for their welfare”, said the panchayat and rural development minister.

He added that “PESA” has been a sensitive subject for the people of the Scheduled Areas. He also directed to prepare rules for its effective implementation by including suggestions received from residents of scheduled areas, communities, public representatives, and experts on tribal issues.

Meanwhile, Deo has been in constant discussion with various tribal societies, non-governmental organizations and individuals for more than a year to implement 'PESA' in the state. He visited many development blocks of the state and discussed with the local residents of the scheduled areas and got their opinion and suggestions regarding 'PESA'.