Chhattisgarh govt implements extension of panchayat rights in scheduled areas


On the occasion of World Tribal Day, Chhattisgarh government implemented the extension of panchayat rights in scheduled areas- PESA Rule-2022.

Chhattisgarh govt implements extension of panchayat rights in scheduled areas

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel (Photo: File)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chhattisgarh govt implemented the extension of panchayat rights in scheduled areas- PESA rules
  • This will protect the interest of tribals and enhance the power of gram sabhas, CM said
  • The CM also gave rights to community forest resources in Tiger Reserve

The Chhattisgarh government on Tuesday implemented the extension of panchayat rights in scheduled areas — PESA Rule-2022 on World Tribal Day.

“The power of the Gram Sabha will increase with the implementation of the PESA Act. 50% of the members of the Gram Sabha will be from the tribal community. Out of this 50 percent, 25 percent will be women members. They will also have the right to take decisions in the development of villages and to settle mutual disputes,” Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said.

The state government has enacted rules under a central Act to protect the interest of tribals and enhance the power of gram sabhas, the Congress leader said.

“The PESA law was already there but due to non-formulation of its rules, tribals were not getting its benefits. But now with the formation of rules, they will be able to decide for themselves about their water-forestland,” he said.

The awareness campaign will be conducted from August 15 to January 26 through gram sabhas in villages. The state government is committed to protect and conserve the tribal culture and tradition, he added.

Baghel said his government has declared a public holiday on World Tribal Day, given lakhs of forest rights and community forest rights certificates to adivasis and forest dwellers, and has been procuring 65 minor forest produce on support price.

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