J-K admin will work in mission mode for development of tribals: Lt governor Manoj Sinha | India News
The LG spoke at a ceremony for the implementation of the ‘Law of Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Rights Recognition Law)’ in JK, where they handed out certificates of individual and community rights to the beneficiaries of the Gujjar-Bakerwal communities and Gaddi-Sippi.
Sinha, who described the occasion as “historic”, expressed her gratitude to the prime minister. Narendra modi to enable the implementation of the Law in the Union Territory, and said the move will usher in a new era of empowerment and prosperity for the disadvantaged tribal population here.
“I am grateful to Prime Minister Modi for whom we implemented the Forest Rights Law on December 1, 2020. Before 2019, many core laws were not implemented here.
“The JK administration, especially the Forestry department and the Tribal Affairs Department, the effort to do something for the development of these communities has begun ”, he said.
The LG said that around 20,000 applications were received and that while several people received the certificates, all eligible ones will receive the rights.
“Apart from the Forest Rights Act, the JK administration has programs for its education and health, and I am satisfied that we will succeed in bringing the community together with the mainstream,” he said.
“It is not only the Forest Rights Law that has been implemented, but I want to tell you that you will also get labor and political reserves,” he added.
Sinha said that the JK tribes had waited a long time for their rights.
“It’s been a long time. They played with your emotions, they used you as a vote bank, but your needs were not paid attention.
“It is not a political issue for me, but when I came here from Delhi, the prime minister told me two or three important things, one of which was to ensure the full implementation of the Forest Rights Act honestly and giving rights to everyone. I can say today that it is a good start, ”he said.
He said that the UT administration is continuously working at different levels to safeguard the rights of the tribes.
“In areas where community rights are granted, an amount of Rs 10 million will be provided immediately for infrastructure development in those areas,” he said.
He said that forests and tribes have coexisted for generations and that the empowerment of the tribal community through the Forest Rights Act will certainly change the condition of their lives.
“They will become self-sufficient with access to resources for their development,” he added.
He asked officials to keep in mind that only those eligible get the rights.
Sinha, however, urged the tribal population in Jammu and Kashmir to also fulfill their responsibility to protect wildlife, protect forests as a member of their family and maintain biodiversity.
The LG said that the current administration in JK has taken it upon themselves to make the dreams of the tribal community come true and “we will do whatever is necessary in a mission mode for their development and improvement.”
“I think empowering the tribes is a more sacred job than praying in any mosque or temple,” he said.
The Lieutenant Governor also announced that shelters for tribal boys and girls will be built in all districts and their culture will be promoted.
“We have also decided to build transit accommodation for tribes in eight locations at a cost of 28 million rupees. More such accommodation will be built in the future. Each transit accommodation can accommodate 150-200 people and a special facility will be built. to keep their animals too, “he said.