BUDGAM: District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Budgam in collaboration with Jammu & Kashmir RTI Movement Monday organised a workshop cum legal awareness camp on Forest Rights Act 2006 (FRA) at Goggee Pathri Nilnag.
A statement said that the aim of the programme was to create awareness about this law among scheduled tribe (ST) and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (OTFD) communities who under FRA are now supposed to get various entitlements. The lawyers and para legal volunteers of DLSA Budgam and activists of RTI Movement threw light on various aspects of FRA.
Chairman RTI Movement Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat said that FRA was not a land distribution law but legislation to rectify the historical mistakes committed by Government in past as ST’s and OTFD were denied various rights. He said that nobody would get individual forest rights if he or she is not dependent on the land which is claimed to be under their possession. He also told the gathering that new Kothas can’t be constructed under the garb of FRA only those damaged will be allowed to be repaired.
Advocate Feroz Khan from District Court Budgam spoke in detail about the Juvenile Justice Act. He urged locals to utilise services available under the Legal Services Authority Act like free legal aid.
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