Forest rights act: SC to hear govt plea seeking stay on eviction order today

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The government on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay of its earlier order that may result in eviction of more than 11 lakh forest dwellers and tribals in various states. A bench led by Justice Arun Mishra agreed to hear the Centre The ministry of tribal affairs urged the court to consider modifying its February 13 order and direct the state governments to file affidavits about the procedure followed and also details of the rejection of claims by forest dwelling scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers. Stating that there is These dwellers and tribals, who are extremely poor and illiterate people and not well informed of their rights and procedures, have not been successful in establishing their claims as forest-dwellers under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006 (Forests Rights Act).5 lakh, followed by Odisha with nearly 1.5 lakh rejected claims. Uttarakhand has the least number of rejected claims at 51. The eviction of tribals without such information would cause serious prejudice to such tribals who have been residing in forests for generation, It also pointed out that the apex court had issued its eviction order on the basis of data adduced by the state governments. ALSO READ: Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani breaks into global top 10 rich list; check top 3 Without such information and compliance with the mandate of law in letter and spirit, the eviction of such tribal, would amount to serious miscarriage of Justice, On February 13, the apex court had asked states to ensure the eviction of all those persons from forest land whose claims under the forest rights Act were rejected. States were directed to ensure eviction in all cases where rejection orders have been passed on or before July 24.

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