Tribal Farmers Hamper Forest Workers Using Ox Carts – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

ADILABAD: Tribal farmers in Routsankepalli village under Asifabad mandal of Kumurambheem Asifabad district on Monday prevented forest officers from entering the village using ox carts. They said they couldn’t farm because of the dispute with the foresters.

Officials were preventing farmers from entering podu land instead of issuing Certificates of Recognition of Forest Rights (RoFR), they alleged. The farmers informed that up to 30 farmers were cultivating on 300 acres of land in the villages of Adda Ghat, Mengubai and Bondaguda under the boundaries of Routsankepalli gram panchayat (GP), but the authorities had prevented them from cultivating these lands during of the past three years.

Although there were about 50 Forestry Department personnel present, the tribal residents were able to thwart their efforts to enter the village. The farmers said that if the Forest Department encroached on their land, they would start a full-scale unrest. They demanded that the government issue pattas so that they could cultivate without unnecessary hassle from the local authorities.

Residents pointed out that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced that pattas would be issued in 2014, but no action was taken to implement the promise. Earlier this month, 12 tribal women from Koipochiguda in Dhandapelli Mandal were arrested for obstructing trench work.