Resolve all pending Forest Rights claims by May: CS

‘Formulate checklist for filing claims with timelines’
Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K
Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K File Pic

Jammu: Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta Monday called for resolving all pending Forest Rights claims by May.

An official spokesman in a statement issued here said that chairing a meeting to review the implementation of Forest Rights Act, 2006 in J&K, Mehta discussed the pace and procedure of claim resolution, in accordance with rules, in consultation with villagers, Gram Sabha and other stakeholders.

He called for a concrete checklist of steps for resolution within prescribed timelines so that all claims received by the department are resolved within a stipulated period.

The chief secretary directed that all the pending claims should be addressed and closed by the end of May this year.

He also stressed on creating necessary awareness among the eligible population for submitting their applications successfully so that none of them struggle to obtain their due.

Mehta directed the DFOs to prepare a detailed action plan with the requisite records and maps and coordinate with Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and sub-divisional level committees for conduct of verification by the Forest Rights Committee to put these before the concerned Gram Sabha for its decisions.

He asked them to expedite its putting before district level committees after taking the necessary resolution from Gram Sabhas.

During the meeting, the chief secretary was presented with a district wise list of pendency of claims.

He spoke with participating district heads in this regard and took stock of pendency at various levels, like sub-division level committee and district-level committee.

Mehta was informed that around 38,000 of 42,000 applications received had been disposed of.

He also had a discussion with district heads regarding drug menace and measures to curb it, besides deliberations on awareness activities and rehabilitation of those affected by it.

The chief secretary called for identification of drug hotspots, carrying out awareness activities in collaboration with education institutes, and eradication of the menace.

Principal Secretary, Forests, Dheeraj Gupta; PCCF, Mohit Gera; and Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Ramesh Kumar also attended the meeting.

Related Stories

No stories found.
Greater Kashmir