Chhattisgarh government has decided to conduct a survey of Abujmad jungle villages to provide land rights to tribals in Narayanpur district.
Abujhmad, located between Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, is known as the ‘unknown hill’ as the 6,000 km² of dense forest has not been surveyed since the British era. The Narayanpur district administration tried to conduct a poll in 2017, but the plan was aborted after improvised explosive device (IED) blasts. The jungle is the epicenter of Maoist activities and around a dozen members of the CPI (Maoist) central committee are said to still be living there.
A Chhattisgarh cabinet meeting was held on Tuesday night in which the decision in this regard was taken.
The survey will benefit a population of at least 50,000, mainly tribals, who reside in about 230 villages of Abujhmad to obtain patta (title title) for the land they owned.
“Chhattisgarh government will provide land ownership to tribals which will help them get their lands registered in government documents. Around 10,000 Abujhmad tribals will get land ownership,” Taran Prakash Sinha, director of relations public, government of Chhattisgarh.
According to a senior forest officer of Chhattisgarh, this uninspected region has around 40 village panchayats. Of these 207 villages are populated while another 30 are now deserted.
The Chhattisgarh cabinet has decided to provide 10% reservation for the economically weaker section (EWS) of general category in employment and education. The cabinet also proposed an amendment in the Chhattisgarh Public Service (Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Class) Act amendment ordinance, which will include increasing reservation for OBCs to 27 percent from the existing 14 percent while for the SCs. to 13 percent from 12 percent.
“The cabinet has given its nod to create the Lemru Elephant Reserve which will include the Hansdeo Arand forest, which has about 21 coal blocks,” said a senior official at the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Lemru Elephant Reserve will be set up over an area of about 2000 km² and will include parts of Korba, Kathghora, Surguja and Dharamjaigarh forest divisions.