The state government on Monday submitted before the Gujarat High Court that the district level committee, Narmada, has approved the cases of approximately 3,000 tribals who had demanded the right to cultivate forest land.
The government submitted to the division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala that all those who have been approved by the district level committee will be issued the adeshpatra (approval order) within four weeks.
The government submission came in response to a public interest litigation filed by Action Research in Community Health and Development (ARCH) through its counsel Anand Yagnik. Through the PIL, the court was requested to direct the government to issue adeshpatra to the tribals of Narmada district whose right to cultivate forest land was finally approved by the district-level committee.
Yagnik has submitted to the court that an affidavit was filed by project administrator, Rajpipla, Narmada in August 2019 stating that 1018 pending claims and 1376-partially approved claims were finally approved by the District Level Committee in their meeting held on July 9, 2019, and yet no adeshpatra has been issued till date to those tribals whose rights have been finally recognised and approved by the district level committee, Narmada.
Following the submission by the state government, the court disposed off the petition by taking note of the government’s submission that all adeshpatras will be issued within the next four weeks.