Rehabilitate villagers displaced by Satkosia tiger project: NHRC
Kendrapara: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Chief Secretary to complete the rehabilitation and resettlement of five revenue villagers displaced due to tiger and wildlife conservation projects at Satkosia in Angul district within three months. The NHRC had passed the order recently while adjudicating a petition filed by human rights activist Radhakanta Tripathy on January 30, 2014.
The NHRC, in its earlier orders, had sought a report from the State Forest and Environment Special Secretary, Principal Secretary and Director, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), New Delhi, on the issue.
The NHRC directed the Chief Secretary to submit an additional/requisite report on the matter. The response is awaited and the matter is pending for want of some additional information. Being a seven-year-old case, the matter has been placed before the commission for reconsideration of its earlier proceedings.
The present case relates to the rehabilitation of forest dwellers, whose villages came under the tiger conservation project and the villagers were forced to evict, but the State Government has not taken any resettlement and rehabilitation measures.
The report further stated that as regards the relocation of Marada village in Mahanadi Wildlife Division is concerned, the progress has been delayed due to left-wing extremist problems.
Earlier, the NHRC had asked the Director, NTCA, to expedite the relocation and submit a report. The DFO, Mahanadi Wildlife Division, has also been asked to accelerate the process through discussion with persons concerned so as to ensure achievement within the shortest time.
Earlier, the NHRC was informed that due to lack of funds from the NTCA and prevalence of left-wing extremism, the inhabitants of the affected villages of Satkosia Wildlife Division are facing the problem of man-animal conflict.