DIPHU, Sept 08: Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) CEM Tuliram Ronghang declared right to settlement in forest land under recognition of forest rights Acts, 2006 at a function held in Rengthama playground under Bithung Rengthama Constituency today.
CEM made declaration of right to settlement in forest land under Rongkhang reserve forest land in the presence of MP Horensing Bey, EM Amarsing Tisso, Pradeep Rongpi, Mongalsing Timung, Rupsing Teron, Prodip Diphusa, MAC Richard Tokbi, Dorsing Ronghang, Rina Terangpi, Probhat Chandra Taro, Pawan Kumar, KAAC secretary Revenue Nirola Phangchopi, DFOs Joysing Bey, Borsing Bey, ARO Dongkamukam revenue circle Nilutpal Ronghang.
The declaration was made under the provision of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, which is a key piece of forest legislation passed in India on 18 December 2006. It has also been called the Forest Rights Act, the Tribal Rights Act, the Tribal Bill, and the Tribal Land Act. The law concerns the rights of forest-dwelling communities to land and other resources, denied to them over decades as a result of the continuance of colonial forest laws in India.
The village under Rongkhang reserve forest land are Tharvelangso, Ingchin langso, Chongkan, Hanthor Arong, Karbi Rongsopi, Vomu Atar and Indranagar. The move made by KAAC made a sense of relief especially to the indigenous tribal who has been dwelling in the land more that hundreds of years ago.