Odisha retains top spot in FRA Implementation

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FRABhubaneswar: Odisha has retained its top position in implementation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006 for the third consecutive year, according to a state government press release issued on Friday.

The releases stated that about 4, 06,745 individual family titles and 5,942 community rights titles involving an area of about 6,09,553 acres and 3,27,171 acres respectively were distributed under the Act till end of June, 2017.

The beneficiaries also included 18,402 individual title certificates distributed to the particularly vulnerable trial group (PVTG) families involving an area of around 31,233 acres. These PVTG families are presently residing in 17 micro project areas of the State under which they have been covered under various schemes.

The State has also become a pioneering state in effecting convergence of FRA with other poverty alleviation schemes as per the review undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conferencing from Delhi in which Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and Secretary Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Development Surendra Kumar participated from the State secretariat.

The Chief Secretary claimed that more than 2,30,000 beneficiaries have been covered under various schemes like Mo kudia, IAY, Mo Pokhari, land development under MGNREGS, National Bamboo Mission, National Horticulture Mission, marketing of minor forest produces etc.

Around 1,49,327 households have been provided IAY houses, 3,818 have been provided Mo Kudia, 3549 households have been provided Mo Pokhari, 54,099 have been covered under land development with support from MGNREGS, 8.776 families have been covered under National Horticulture Mission, 286 families have been covered under Bamboo Mission, and 13,228 households have been covered under various other programmes, he added.

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