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Kokrajhar, Aug. 23: The United Tribal Organisation, Assam, a common platform for Scheduled Tribes (plains and hills), has demanded proper implementation of the Schedule Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers’ (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

The organisation wants the government to look into the rights and interests of indigenous communities, protect tribal belts and blocks, evict encroachers from tribal land and probe illegal mutation cases in tribal belts and blocks.

Its president Markush Basumatary told reporters here today that the government should take appropriate steps for allotment of land to tribals living in forest area under the Schedule Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers’ (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

It alleged that tribal and other indigenous people in the state were under threat from suspected illegal migrants, who were encroaching upon their land.

“The tribal belts and blocks, forest and government lands are being encroached upon by suspected illegal migrants from across the border,” UTOA general secretary Bimal Sing Bey said.

He urged the government to take strong measures to protect the land rights of tribals and other indigenous people.

“There is an urgent need to safeguard tribal belts and blocks and protect tribal lands from encroachers. The rights and interests of the indigenous communities should be looked into,” he said.


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