Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Government has distributed title deeds to over 1.65 lakh Scheduled Tribe (ST) families covering 4,72,016 acres of forest land, Minister for Tribal Welfare Pasupuleti Bala Raju said.
Speaking after inaugurating a two-day consultation on Implementation of the Forest Rights Act' at National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), he said individual land is further being developed under rural job scheme (MNERGS) and Indira Jala Prabha, an irrigation plan.
A total of 1,65,691 tribal families were covered in the first phase of title deed distribution under the Act, the Minister said, adding a second round of survey to identify other beneficiaries is currently underway.
The consultation, which saw participation from officials from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh besides members of civil society groups, is aimed at reviewing implementation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA).
The meet discussed new guidelines and will prepare an action plan for time-bound implementation of the landmark legislation in the four southern states.
The consultation will go a long way in realising the rights of tribals over forest, Andhra Pradesh Tribal Welfare Commissioner Somesh Kumar said in a release.
Representative of UNDP in India Lise Grande was among those who spoke at the meet.


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