Eviction of Tribal is Unconstitutional According to Forest Rights Act, 2006 – Says Gadgil

  • Ecologist Mr.Gadgil stated that the State's policy of rehabilitation of tribals from Kudremukh National Park is unconstitutional and unlawful.
  • The attempts of eviction ran contrary to the Forest Rights Act, 2006,which accords rights to non-timber forest land produce, to those who lived over 75 years in the forest.
  • To avoid the initiatives of rehabilitation package and to provide higher economic well-being of Forest dwellers the government should take steps to better explain to dwellers their rights.
  • The basic facilities (that takes up 10 hectares of land) like road, pipelines, electricity should be approved by the forest committee (endorsed by revenue officials) of the village and not from the Forest Department in National parks.
  • Wildlife Experts like Ullas Karanth was criticised for encouraging through his NGO the rehabilitation of tribals.
  • Mr. Gadgil blamed that anything that benefits the bureaucracy is implemented. Action against protesting villagers is taken where as no action is taken against polluters or industries.

Exams Perspective:

  1. Forest Rights Act 2006
  2. Displacement at Kudremukh National Park
  3. Forest Committee