The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday accorded sanction to the constitution of committees on various levels for the implementation of Forests Rights Act (2006) in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Sanction is hereby accorded to the constitution of UT Level Monitoring Committee, Sub-Divisional Committee and District Level Committee(s) for implementation of Forest Rights Act, 2006, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” an order issued by the government reads.
The union territory level committee, as per the order, will have a total strength of eight persons with Chief Secretary J&K as its Chairperson.
The district-level committee will have a constitution of four persons with Deputy Commissioner as Chairperson, the order reads.
The sub-divisional committee(s) will also have a total strength of four persons which, as per the order, will be headed by a sub-divisional level officer of the Revenue Department (SDM/ADC).
Pertinently, the demands for implementation of Forest Rights Act, 2006, and constitution of the necessary committees had grown recently after the government authorities demolished several dhokas (residential huts) belonging to Gujjar and Bakerwal families in Pahalgam area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Notices were served to tribals in other areas of the Valley as well which triggered a wave of anger among people, with experts opining that the government was violating the rights of forest-dwelling tribals by demolishing their hutments.