Silchar, Jun 6: Demanding protection and safeguard of forest area and people belonging to the Scheduled Tribes living in Barak Valley and Karimganj district in particular, members of Barak Valley Indigenous Tribals Headman Association submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday.
Members of the association have echoed the demands that along with protection and safeguard of forest area and ST people living in Barak Valley and particularly in Karimganj district, the Government must take steps in the demarcation and implementation of ST and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Forest Rights Act 2005, demarcation of ST forest dwellers village area and eviction of non-tribals living allegedly illegally within the reserve forest area.
Vaniellal Chorei, the association's co-convenor of Karimganj district submitted the memorandum to the Chief Minister on behalf of the association through the Karimganj Deputy Commissioner Khageswar Pegu. "Even as the Government issued certificates under the ST and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Forest Rights Act 2005, the beneficiaries are yet to witness steps regarding demarcation and final allotment of land. We also demand the demarcation of ST forest dwellers village area including preservation of forest habitation and make the places encroachment free," Chorei mentioned in the memorandum. Patharkandi MLA Krishnendu Paul and Karimganj district BJP chief Subrata Bhattacharjee accompanied the association members at the Deputy Commissioner's office and assured them of cooperation. "I am astonished to see the intensity of alleged encroachment in the constituency and have intimated the developments to the Chief Minister.
Hence, the step towards demarcation of the area is a legitimate claim by the indigenous forest dwellers and I shall extend all assistance in this regard," Krishnendu Paul said.