Joida: ‘94% forest dwellers’ applications illegally rejected by officials’

Source: DHNS | Published on 23rd January 2020, 12:06 PM | Coastal News |

Joida: Forest Land Rights Agitation Vedike District President M Ravindra Naik said the Forest Rights Act was in favour of the farmers and forest dwellers who have been residing in the forest.

However, due to lack of knowledge about the act and high handedness of forest officials has resulted in more than 94% of the applications submitted by the real beneficiaries being rejected.

He charged that forest officials are rejected applications against the rules of the Act.

Speaking at a stage programme organised by Forest Land Rights Agitation Vedike here on Wednesday he said the vedike has already submitted an application to the Supreme Court in this regard and the main intention of this protest is to get justice to the forest dwellers.

‘Harassing us’

Speaking on the occasion, Kumbarwad gram panchayat president Purushotham Kamat said Forest department officials are harassing the forest dwellers in the taluk. In many instances the forest officials have uprooted cashew plants from the fields so as to cause losses to the farmers.

He warned that if the forest officials continue to harass the farmers, they will be forced to intensify their protest against the department.

Kunambi leader Subash Gavada, Jayanand Derekar and others spoke on the
occasion.

They later submitted a memorandum to Joida tashildar demanding justice to the forest dwellers.

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