States way behind Centre's tribal land deeds deadline

New Delhi, Aug 24  The UPA government's ambitious plan to distribute land deeds among tribals and other forest dwellers by the year end may hit a road block with many states not taking even preparatory measures in this direction.

According to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, only eight states have begun implementing the Scheduled Tribes and Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2007 by starting the process of distributing land deeds among the bonafide tribals and other forest dwellers.

The states which have started the process are Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tripura where some tribals and forest dwellers have received land deeds after proper verification and approval at different levels, sources in the ministry said.