Traditional dwellers get Rs. 10 cr to construct houses

Traditional dwellers get Rs. 10 cr to construct houses

One of the huts which tell the story of the life of tribals residing in the forest.

A sum of Rs 10 crore has been released for the construction of houses to the traditional dwellers of forest Jenu Kurubas under conservation cum development project (CCD). The Jenu Kurubas have been residing in forest for generations without proper roof over their head. It has been decided to construct houses to the beneficiaries through the Zilla Panchayat engineering section.

In the past, the cost of one house was Rs 50,000. However, now it has been increased to Rs one lakh. Only the traditional dwellers Jenu Kurubas and Koragas will get the houses under the scheme.

There are no Koraga community members in Kodagu. The Madikeri taluk does not have Jenu Kuruba members as well. Hence, it has been decided to construct houses to those beneficiaries who had received title deeds for the land under Forest Rights Act in Somwarpet and Virajpet taluk.

In 2008-09, a sum of Rs 490 lakh was released. The remaining amount was released two months ago. The Centre will bear 75 per cent and the State will bear 25 per cent of the cost of the house. It has been decided to construct houses for 399 Jenu Kurubas in the district.

Under the Forest Rights Act, as many as 807 tribals will receive title deeds in the district. Of which, the eligible Jenu Kuruba beneficiaries will get houses. While preparing action plan under CCD project, it was decided to provide help to the beneficiaries in rearing pigs and cattle. However, now the government has ordered to utilise the funds for the construction of houses alone. About Rs 8 crore will be spent on the construction of houses.

Under Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, 2008, it has been decided to distribute title deeds to 807 tribals in the district. In the first phase, about 203 title deeds have already been distributed. The district administration had received 3,147 applications under the Act.

Survey stopped

The tribals residing in Nagarahole National Park had applied for title deeds. The officials had undertaken the survey work. However, it has been suspended now. Of the 3,147 applications received, 1,576 applications have been rejected. The remaining 764 applications, 57 applications were for community claims. The remaining 707 applications were from Nagarahole region and the survey has been suspended. The district administration has written a letter to the government seeking permission to start the survey in Nagarahole limits. However, the government is yet to give its nod for the survey process. The survey was suspended as the forest department officials had said that the applicants had encroached more land before December 13, 2005 than what they are possessing.

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