Odisha tops in implementation of the Forest Rights Act

Bhubanewar: Odisha retains the top position in implementation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006 and has become a pioneering State in convergence of the FRA with other poverty alleviation schemes, claimed an official release.
During a review meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a videoconferencing from Delhi this ws reveald. Chief Secretary AP Padhi and SC and ST Development Secretary Surendra Kumar also joined the videoconferencing.
It was revealed that Odisha topped the list at national level both in terms of the number of title rights distributed and the percentage of titles distributed over the number of claims. The State also pioneered in convergence of poverty eradication schemes with FRA for enhancing livelihood options of the FRA beneficiaries.
Till June-end about 4,06,745 individual family titles and 5,942 community rights involving an area of about 6,09,553 acres and 3,27,171 acres, respectively, were distributed under the Act. This included 18,402 individual title certificates distributed to the particularly vulnerable trial group ( PVTG) families involving area of around 31,233 acres. These PVTG families are presently residing in 17 micro project areas of the State under which they have been also covered under various schemes.

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