Panel formed to expedite Forest-Revenue joint survey

Panel formed to expedite Forest-Revenue joint survey

TMB Report

Imphal: The State Government has constituted a State level committee to expedite the progress of the on-going joint survey of the Forest Department and Revenue Department along the boundary of Forests and Revenue Land, Recognition of Forest Rights under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, verification, cancellation and eviction of Patta/Jamabandi etc issued inside the forest lands, wetlands and lands which have been acquired by the Government and compensations have been paid but lying being occupied by encroachers and subsequent eviction of illegal encroachers.

According to an order issued by Deputy Secretary A Heera Singh, the nine-member committee is headed by Addl Chief Secretary (Forest, Environment & Climate Change) as Chairman while Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & HoFF as  Member Secretary.

The committee comprises of Addl Chief Secretary (TA & H), Addl Director General of Police (L & O), Commissioner (Law), Secretary (Revenue), Director, Environment & CC, Director, Settlement and land Records, Manipur, CCF (Admn & Plg), Forest as Members. The committee may co-opt any officials as Additional Members as per the need/requirement.

The order stated that the committee shall monitor and review every
month the progress of the on-going Joint Survey work of Forest and
Revenue Department, progress of settlement of forest rights, verification and cancellation of Patta/Jamabandi/Recognition of Village in forest lands and wetlands in the State.

The committee will endeavour to complete the process of recognition of
forest rights under the Schedule Tribes and Other Traditional Forest
Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 in three months’ time
from the date of issue of the order, apart from monitoring the issues
pertaining to eviction of illegal encroachers from Reserved Forests,
Protected Forests, Sanctuaries, National Parks, Wetlands and lands
which have been acquired by the Government and compensations have been paid but are still being occupied by encroachers, other matters raised by the District Level Committee.

The committee shall report to the Chief Minister on the progress of
the above from time to time, it added.

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