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Government of India
Ministry of Tribal Affairs
30-August-2012 18:27 IST
Handing Over of Land Titles to STs


As per the information collected from the State/UT Governments, till 31st July, 2012, 32,28,887 claims have been filed and 12,68,766 titles have been distributed under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.  Further, 14,726 titles were ready for distribution.

As per the provisions of the Act and the Rules framed thereunder, the responsibility for implementing the Act lies with the State/ UT Governments.  There are some States/ UTs that are lagging behind in implementation of the Act for various reasons.  The State-wise status of implementation of the Act since 2009 and the reasons for the slow pace of implementation of the Act in some States/ UTs is indicated in the Annexure.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has been interacting with the State Governments/ Union Territory Administrations to ensure effective implementation of the Act.  The Ministry has also been issuing guidelines/ clarifications in the regard.  The Ministry has issued detailed guidelines on 12.7.2012 to State Governments/ UT Administrations and the process of amendments in the Forest Rights Rules, 2008 has also been initiated to ensure better and effective implementation at the ground level.

            This information was given by the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Shri Mahadeo Singh Khandela in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

Click here to see Annexure