In Goalpara district, the state forest department has started the process of evacuating encroachers.
According to a report on The Telegraph, the eviction will be started after December 31. A notice, giving the ultimatum for the encroachers to vacate the land, has already been served by Goalpara range forest ranger.
‘We are going to clear the Goalpara range first and have appealed all to evacuate the forest land before December 31,’ district forest officer Acharya Goswami said.
‘Large number of areas adjacent to towns like Moylaputa, Forest gate, Bhalukdubi and Dhuptola have been encroached. We are looking forward to restore its green cover by evicting human encroachment,’ Goswami said.
Referring to the Forest Rights Act, 2006, which recognises the rights of the forest dwellers, Goswami said the indigenous people who have been living in the forests prior to December 12, 2006, can exercise their rights.
On the other hand, the non-indigenous people can exercise their rights if they are living in the forest area for last three generations or for more than 75 years.
Goalpara district covers a total of 1,824 square kilometre of land.
The forest cover in the district is 20 per cent of the total land area. There are 56 reserve forests and 47 proposed reserve forests.
Source: The Telegraph