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Supreme Court orders eviction of more than 1 million Adivasi, forest-dwelling families

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Supreme Court order eviction of more than 1 million Adivasi, forest-dwelling families

The Supreme Court has passed directions regarding eviction of more than a million families of Adivasis and forest dwellers from forestlands.

A three Judge bench comprising of Justices, Arun Mishra, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee gave the order to the Forest Survey of India (FSI) to come up with a satellite survey, placing details of encroachment positions and position after eviction.

The petitioners filled by NGOs including Wildlife First had demanded that those whose land claims over traditional forestlands were rejected should be evicted. The petition has questioned the validity of the Forest Rights Act, 2006.

The Forest Rights Act, 2006 which was then passed by the parliament had given rights to the forest dwellers over forest lands and resources within the boundaries of the village.

Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi had called BJP “silent spectator” on the issue of the Act being challenged in the Supreme Court.

The matter was heard on February 13, after the NGOs challenged the Act which was passed to aid the forest dwellers. The court gave directions to twenty one states in the case.

The Court also asked the Forest Survey of India (FSI) to indicate the details of satellite survey post eviction. While, it has directed state governments to evict Adivasis whose claims have been rejected.

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