Raipur. Today, at the Chhattisgarh Tribes Advisory Council meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the members made several recommendations on issues related to tribal interests.
The members discussed the proposal to simplify the permitting process to cut trees on the private land of the tribals. They unanimously recommended amending the Protection of Tribal Tribes (in the interest of trees) Act 1999 and Rule 2000. According to this, the sub-divisional officer of revenue will provide the permit to cut trees. The beneficiary will give his application to the sub-divisional officer revenue. The Patwari and Ranger will inspect the site. After getting the permission, the forest department will take action for the felling and auction of the tree. The forest divisional officer will deposit the amount in the bank account of the beneficiary. This action will check illegal felling, and tribals will get a fair price for their tree.
The members recommended a campaign for land levelling and improvement work through MNREGA on the lands of the beneficiaries of individual forest rights recognition letters. The attendees also suggested the installation of solar pumps on the beneficiary's land through CREDA for irrigation. The beneficiary would also receive training in intercropping crops like yam, turmeric. The Chief Minister said that the members of the Tribal Parishad should take active initiatives to get forest rights leases to the eligible people in their respective areas. During visits, get information about the progress of these works in the meetings organized at the district headquarters. He asked to make special efforts for this in Bijapur and Sukma districts.
The Chief Minister, after surveying the Abujhmad area of Narayanpur, instructed hastening up the entries in the Bhuyan portal. He asked them to publish their preliminary records to provide benefits of various government schemes to the villagers.
The Chhattisgarh Tribes Advisory Council recommended admission to the children of the entire scheduled area and the Naxal affected areas in Prayas Residential School. Prayas Residential School provides education to students from Naxal affected districts from Class 9th to 12th and helps prepare them for competitive examinations. At present, children from 9 Naxal-affected areas are being given entrance to Prayas Residential School. Now, the children of 25 districts of the entire scheduled area and those of Naxal-affected families will have admission to residential schools without any entrance examination. Similarly, in Surguja, the members recommended opening a "Pre-Examination Training Center" for competitive examinations. Presently, pre-examination training centres are operating in Raipur, Bilaspur, Jagdalpur, Narayanpur and Kabirdham districts, where students prepare for competitive examinations.