Andhra Pradesh: Human Rights Forum calls for cancellation of CMO notice to protect indigenous people

Human Rights Forum suggests that the AP government immediately withdraw the CMOs note issued on June 14 . Non-tribals are barred from acquiring tribal property since the adoption of Regulation 1 of 1970 (LTR) on February 3, 1970 .

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Human Rights Forum (HRF) suggests that the AP government immediately withdraw the CMO's note issued on June 14.Since there is no transfer of property, possession certificates are allowed to be issued to an extent of 1.5 cents to non-tribals for the purpose of housing under the Navaratnalu-Pedalandariki Illu (Housing for the Poor).This is a sexist argument.Non-tribals are barred from acquiring tribal property since the adoption of Regulation 1 of 1970 (LTR) on February 3, 1970, but they can't even purchase land from a non-tribal tribe, they added.

Successive governments have failed to ensure that the LTR is implemented diligently.They have failed to fulfill their responsibility to safeguard and protect the identified areas from non-tribal abuse.The HRF team added that this was happening despite the LTR placing an implicit obligation on the state.It is well known that on tribal areas, there has been a lot of non-tribal encroachment in recent decades.

The latest CMO note is a reminder that non-tribals have been putting pressure on them to gain even more tribal land in the Agency zone in recent years.According to the HRF staff, if the CMO note is followed, it would worsen things and put an end to the adivasis population in the Fifth Schedule zone.It is also expected to allow and accelerate non-tribal incursions into tribal lands.According to us, the CMO note amounts to a brutal abuse of the laudable statutory rights conferred to adivasis.

HRF requested that this questionable and risky note be immediately deleted, according to HRF.