Bhubaneswar: Senior Congress leader and Kalahandi MP Bhakta Charan Das today said that the state government has no concern for the tribals.
The government has failed to distribute the kendu leaf royalty of Rs140.02 crore during the year 2010 among the kendu leaf plucker families, each of which would have got a benefit of Rs1866, he told reporters here.
He said that though 304,660 titles of land have been issued to tribal families in the state, the right over land has not been recognised in respect of a majority of families which are using the land in the reserve forests, protected areas and national parks for agriculture and allied purposes.
The whole areas used for allied agriculture activities have not been recognised in most of the districts.
Community rights include ownership, access to collect, use and dispose of minor forest produces which have been traditionally collected within or outside village boundaries.
Only 554 villages have been recognised and titles have been distributed though 29,302 forest-fringe villages are eligible, Das said.
He alleged that no initiative has been taken by the state government in supporting the Gram Sabhas in management of the community forest resources.
Minor forest produces like bamboo, brushwood, stumps, cane, tussar cocoons, honey, wax, lac, kendu, kendu leaves, medicinal plants, herbs, roots and tubers.
The Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest-dwellers have a right to ownership and access to collect, use and dispose of minor forest produces traditionally collected.
The Odisha Forest Development Corporation (OFDC) is harvesting bamboo violating the Forest Act.
Das also alleged that the government has not ensured issue of transit pass for sale of bamboo by the Gram Sabhas for which bamboo worth cores of rupees decayed in the forestd of Jamguda and adjoining villages.
The 545 villages where community forest titles have been distributed need to be verified again and right over the land must be recognised properly, he demanded.