Mumbai, May 27 : Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has amended The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act of 2006 so as to provide justice to the tribals inhabiting the scheduled caste areas of the State, an official communique said here on Wednesday.
Exercising the powers conferred on him by Schedule V of the Constitution, Governor Koshyari modified section 6 of the Act, the notification issued on May 18 authored.
According to the amendment, the inhabitants of the places coming under The Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act can now appeal against the decisions of the District Level Committee(DLC) within a time frame of 90 days.
The amendment allows the tribals to take up the matter to the Divisional Level Committees when the DLC rejects their Individual or Community Forest Rights. Providing further convenience, the tribals have been given the choice to appeal against the DLC orders passed before May 18 within six months from the issuance date of the notification.
Governor Koshyari reasoned that the amendment was made considering the large number of forest rights claims being rejected. Once the DLC striked off their claim, the tribals had no other legal resort hence this amendment will now benefit thousands of tribals, he mandated. (UNI)