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JAMMU: Lambasting BJP and BJP led LG’s Administration for pushing implementation of Forest Rights Act as a top priority marketed in name of Tribal Empowerment, Ankur Sharma, President Ikkjutt Jammu said that same is an act of treason against people of Jammu who are fighting a war of survival against state sponsored Genocidal Assault on its Religious Demography.Addressing a press conference on Friday at Jammu, Sharma warned UT Administration of facing serious consequences if even an inch of Forest land is given in ownership to Tribals, who do not fulfill necessary eligibility criteria under the law. Ankur Sharma further said that almost all Tribals of J&K especially Gujjars and Bakerwals are essentially Nomads and neither settled nor in self-cultivation of Forest Lands. “They do not have any legitimate occupation of Forest Lands. Never in the history of the State/UT have they ever used forest lands for permanent habitations or for self-cultivation and livelihood. All these conditions are basic requirement for getting ownerships of Forest Lands under the ‘Schedule Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006’ which are not fulfilled by Tribals of J&K,” he added.On extension of Act to UT of J&K, Ankur Sharma emphasised that Forest Rights Act can be made applicable to only those States/UTs which essentially have villages recorded as ‘Forest Villages’. J&K comprises only ‘Revenue Villages’ and there are no recognised ‘Forest Villages’, he added.Ankur Sharma said that BJP is now taking Mehbooba’s agenda of 14th Feb Order to its logical conclusion. Mehbooba’s or BJP-PDP Govt’s 14th Feb Order was a 5-page written order granting legal immunity in favour of Muslims for occupying and encroaching State and Forest Lands. IGP SSPs and DCs were directed by the C.M to refrain from taking any action against these people in case they encroach and occupy State, Forest and River lands especially in Jammu Province.
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