Gadchiroli Feb. 16 (District Correspondent) Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) Co-Contact Chief Arvind Katratwar has demanded that forest rights claims should be approved immediately without imposing oppressive conditions.
Mr. Katratwar met the Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative council Ambadas Danwe recently during his Gadchiroli tour and submitted him a memorandum in this regard urging him to look into the matter.
Agriculture is the main occupation of the citizens of Gadchiroli district and there is no other means of livelihood other than agriculture. Although the administration has given forest land leases to farmers for livelihood, thousands of claims have been rejected. This has affected the poor farmers.
Taking note of this demand, Mr. Danve suggested the district collector to re-examine the rejected forest claims.
Many other problems of the people of the district were also brought to the notice of Mr. Danwe including the problems of farmers, agricultural labourers, educated unemployed youths in the district.
It was informed that 32,757 claims of forest rights have been approved by the district administration so far. Also, information was given in the review meeting that 15,754 claims were rejected due to lack of complete documents.
The opposition leader suggested that the rejected claims should be re-examined and the claims should be approved.
Also present at the time of submitting memorandum were Deputy Taluka Chief of Shiv Sena Yadav Lohambare, Sandeep Bhurse, Sanjay Bobate, Prashant Thakur, Sandeep Albankar, Suraj Uike, Navnath Uke, Deepak Lade, Naresh Kukdakar, Ambadas Munghate, Trimbak Phulzele, Bhaurao Nanare, Ratnakar Randhaye, Sandeep Tembhurne, Umaji Chanekar, Vasant Thanekar, Ramesh Siddam, Devidas Chanekar and many others.
Photo Mr. Arvind Katratwar submitting a memorandum to Mr. Ambadas Danwe as others look on.