Ekta Parishad padayatra to highlight tribals’ woes - article in the Hindu

Published: November 17, 2014 19:50 IST | Updated: November 17, 2014 19:50 IST

Ekta Parishad padayatra to highlight tribals' woes

By P. Sunderarajan

Led by Gandhian P.V. Rajagopal, the padayatra will cover the tribal belt of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh from November 20 to
December 10.
Ekta Parishad led by Gandhian P.V.Rajagopal is organising a padayatra in the tribal belt of Madhya Pradesh and
Chattisgarh from November 20 to December 10 to highlight the various problems faced by the tribal population
because of inadequate implementation of the different legislations and policies adoped by the Government for their
Addressing a press conference, Mr. Rajagopal, who is also member of the National Land Reforms Council of the Central
Government, said the rally, which would cover Dhindori, Mandala and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh and
Kabirdham district of Chattisgarh, is expected to be attended by representatives of tribal communities from across the
country, as also academicians and leaders of political parties.
During the 20-days march, public hearings and other such programmes would be organised in the villages along the
way as platforms for the local people to air their grievances. Local Government officials would be invited to participate
so that attempts may be made to work out effective solutions to the issues raised.
``In 2008 the Forest Rights Act was enacted. But, so far only 30 per cent of the tribals have benefitted. At this rate, it

would take a long time to protect every one’’, he rued.

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