Implementation of Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest (Recognition of Forest Rights ) Act LOK SABHA

Union Panchayati Raj Minister Dr. C.P.Joshi today informed the Lok Sabha that the responsibility of implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act rests with the State/UT Governments and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs being the nodal Ministry in this regard is monitoring the implementation of the Act.

Replying to a written question the Minister said the Act and Rules were notified on 31-12-2007 and 1-1-2008 respectively. More over, all State/UT Governments were requested on 11.1.2008 for constituting various Committees under the Act. He said in order to ensure speedy implementation of the Act, the MoTA had conveyed major actionable points along with timelines to the State/UT Governments on 31.1.2008 for follow up.

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj has also written to the State/UT Governments on 15-2-2008 reiterating the need for expeditious implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act and to hold meetings of Gram Sabha on 28-2-2008 during which the provisions of the Act & Rules and the roles and responsibilities of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), Gram Sabhas and Forest Right Committees were suggested to be explained. The ministry has again a letter has been issued to all State/UT Governments on 15.6.2009 to take urgent steps to accelerate the process of implementation of Act.

Dr. Joshi was replying to a written question in the Lok Sabha today whether the Union Government has requested the State Government to expedite implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act and Rules in February, 2008.

*****

ST/-
(Release ID :51663)