This report chronicles atrocities on the Reangs of Tripura who are officially classified as “Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group” by the Government of India. It all started with 37 Reang families of Shikaribari Mouja under Ambassa Sub-Division of Dhalai district being selected for a rubber plantation scheme for their economic development during 2008-2009. The Forest Department officials in order to extort money unleashed unprecedented ‘atrocity’ by filing vexatious cases while all the funds i.e. Rs. 17,31,500/- sanctioned for the 37 Reang families for rubber plantation were siphoned off by the officials.
This report examines the flawed implementation of the much vaunted Forest Rights Act in India. As of 31 January 2012, a total of 31,68,478 claims have been received and 27,24,162 claims (85.98%) have been disposed off. Out of the total claims disposed off, 12,51,490 titles (45.94%) were distributed and 14,72,672 claims (54%) were rejected. Even […]