` 20 cr for forest dwellers' welfare

` 20 cr for forest dwellers' welfare

The government aims at providing basic facilities to those traditional dwellers residing in forests for generations.

In Virajpet taluk, 505 persons have received individual rights over land under the Act. In Madikeri taluk 168 persons received the right over land, which they have been holding. In Somwarpet, 134 persons received right over land.

Social welfare officer Rajesh G Gowda said: “The title deeds have been distributed to forest dwellers. The government will provide assistance in constructing houses, irrigation facility, construction of well, temple, community hall, etc.”

The authorities had received as many as 3,147 applications seeking individual rights over land under the Forest Rights Act in Virajpet taluk.

As per the Act, only those who were residing for the last 75 years will be given title deeds.

Few applications were rejected as the applicants belonging to other communities failed to submit document to prove that they were residing inside the forest for three generations.

The authorities had received 57 applications seeking community rights.

There are 10,000 tribal families residing in forest region in the state.

As the applicants fail to submit documents on their address proof, many applications were rejected.

The Forest Rights Act came into existence in 2006 to protect the rights of forest dwellers. The Act is being implemented in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Bihar, Kerala, Maharashtra and Orissa.

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