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Miz tribals, forest dwellers to get rights over land

Posted by Ramesh Khati on October 30, 2009

Aizawl, Oct 29 (PTI) A central act seeking to do away with injustice to tribals and other forest dwellers was today extended to Mizoram, giving the people customary rights like cultivation and grazing.

The Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, will become applicable from December 31, 2009, with the state Assembly adopting an official resolution in this regard.

While moving the resolution, Social Welfare Minister P C Lalthanliana said the Act would benefit the tribal people and forest dwellers as a whole and also help in protection of environment.

The step was necessitated as per provisions under Article 371G of the Constitution which stipulates that no act of Parliament on ownership and transfer of land would be applicable to Mizoram unless the state legislature decided to do so by adopting a resolution.

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