KENDRAPADA: Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes Rameshwar Oraon on Friday said the Centre has decided to pilot a legislation to grant more compensation to tribals losing land. In the proposed legislation, if land of tribals is acquired for any government purpose, they would be given compensation four times the existing land value. He was talking to the media at Kalinga Nagar of Jajpur district.
He along with commission members K Kamala Kumari and B L Meena visited the steel hub where police gunned down 14 tribals seven years back while protesting against land-levelling by a company for its steel plant. They also heard grievances of many tribals after discussing with officials and displaced persons.
Oraon also said tribal people have every right to collect minor forest produce (MFP) and sell them. The Centre is taking steps to fix a minimum price for MFP to avoid middlemen from exploiting tribals. The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, made all tribal people living in forests eligible for getting title deeds of their land, Oraon said.
Many tribals alleged that the industries are not reserving jobs for them resulting in rise of number of unemployed. He assured the tribals that he would take up the issue with state chief secretary.