Union rural development minister advises tribal representatives to exert their rights: liberty to follow their own customs, have their own resources and self rule

Riyan Ramanath V, Times of India, Feb 5, 2013

BHUBANESWAR: When Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh interacted with representatives of Biswanathpur panchayat in Kalahandi district during his recent visit, he was surprised when the representatives failed to comprehend what Panchayat (Extension to Schedule Areas) PESA Act was all about, which Jairam advised them to follow to exert their rights.

Though PESA Act came into vogue in 1996, the state government is yet to make rules to implement it. Tribals are yet to derive any benefit from the act, which envisages giving liberty to tribals to follow their own customs, have their own resources and self rule. […]

“PESA is a crucial legislation to empower tribal people to have control over their governance and resources through traditional rights. Unfortunately this legislation has not been implemented in the state till date due to lack of state’s rule on PESA,” said a tribal activist of Bhunjia community Jayasingh Chinda. […] Read more >>

Source: Tribals yet to benefit from PESA Act – Times Of India
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