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  • Forest Land Rights Workshop in Maharashtra

    27 May 2019

    ‘The real intention of the Forest Right Act 2006 is not to distribute forest land to the tribals but to
    strengthen the relationship of the tribals and the forest by which they would be able to conserve,
    protect and manage the forest resouces on which their livelihood depends on.’ Said Com Kumar
    Shiralkar, A senior activist fromAdivasiAdhikarRashtriaManch while he was inaugurating the state level
    workshop held at VishvaMandalSevashram in Shirpur. The objective of this workshop was to understand
    the recent Supreme Court’s eviction order for the forest dwellers whose claims have been rejected and
    also to draw a common strategy for a powerful implementation of the Forest Right Act 2006.This
    workshop was organized by LOKMANCH Maharashtra Unit in which 48 Participants from 16
    organizations and other social workers of 5 districts (Raigad, Nandurbar, Gadchiroli, Dhule and
    Sindudurga took part.
    In this workshop Dr. VaishaliPatil from AnkurTrust simplified the supreme court’s order and its impact
    on lakhs of forest dwellers in India. She also explained legal steps that needs to be taken at the national
    as well as the grass root level. In her presentation she brought to the notice how the gender segregated
    data is not available on the forest claims that have been submitted or recognized. This itself
    discriminates women, which is contradictory of the very basic object of the law.
    The third experience sharing session of the Tribal Women Leader, KumariBai from Gadchiroli District of
    Maharashtra talked about the networking of 90 the Gram Sabhas in Corchi which form a Maha Gram
    Sabha.The comparative statistical sharing of KumariBai on the collection and sale of Tendu Leaves
    (minor forest products) was eye opening for everybody. This session was then concluded by stating ‘If
    there is an awareness of the act in the community then, collective action on the powerful
    implementation of the Act can become possible’
    In the last session Fr. Consti requested all the participants to suggest, future collective action. After the
    discussion the following resolutions were passed:
    1. The organizations representatives should meet periodically for sharing and learning from each
    other.
    2. To take active part in MAKAAM’s Women and Forest Right camping which is starting from 5 th
    June
    3. To take collective action for the pending forest right claims at the block level
    4. To invite and join hands with likeminded people and groups/ organizations