Mangaluru, Sep 26, 2015 : Chairing a meeting on the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim said that a total of 21.54 acres of land is sanctioned to 19 traditional forest dwellers in Puttur and Belthangady taluks of Dakshina Kannada district, under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act.
He also said that applications seeking lands should be disposed within 15 days. A total of 301 applications (both seeking individual rights and community rights) under the act are pending before the forest committee in Puttur and Mangaluru sub division. Rs 227 lakh had been utilised under the Scheduled Tribe Plan for the development of Malekudiya community.
The funds have been utilised for the repair of houses, financial assistance to dairy farming, self employment, installation of sprinklers and so on. A sum of Rs 36.80 lakh has been utilised for laying roads and constructing drains in Malekudiya colonies. The deputy commissioner directed the officials to provide electricity connections to the Malekudiya houses within 15 days.
When the Koraga community members said that the houses constructed under the ITDP - Integrated Tribal Development Project in a few taluks are yet to get title deeds and door numbers, the deputy commissioner directed all the gram panchayats to distribute the title deeds and to give door numbers as per the law.