Report from CS sought
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought an action-taken report (ATR) from the Chief Secretary over denial of land rights to tribals in Keonjhar district. Acting on a petition filed by Angul-based Human Rights Watch secretary Sangita Swain, the commission asked the Chief Secretary to submit his report within eight weeks.The petitioner alleged that around 5,000 tribals and forest dwellers who are residing in different forest and hills in Tana grama panchayat in Banspal block in Keonjhar district have denied land rights under Forest Rights Act (FRA). “Due to unavailability of land rights the tribal people cannot avail resident certificate depriving their children of higher studies, scholarships and loans,” alleged the petitioner.
The petitioner urged the commission to initiate criminal action against the concerned Government authorities. She further requested the apex human rights watchdog to ensure land rights to the victims.
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