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Govt's 2-pronged strategy to contain Maoist hold on tribals

delhi Updated: Sep 11, 2011 01:58 IST

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Seeking to contain Maoist influence, government has come out with a two-pronged strategy to reach out to tribals to address their problems regarding ownership of land.

Rural Development minister Jairam Ramesh said the strategy includes providing legal assistance to tribals on their land disputes and modernisation of their land records.

This will be discussed at a meeting of the collectors of the 60 Maoist-affected districts on September 13.

Ramesh said there were instances of the Naxals providing "illegal assistance" when government fails to provide legal assistance to tribals who fight the case of illegal transfer of land to non-tribals in the courts.

"We want a programme should run from our ministry so that people in these districts could get legal assistance. a large number of tribals have been dispossessed of their land over the last 40- 50 years. We had to document all these cases. Many of these cases are pending at various levels of judiciary. So, we had to provide para legal assistance," Ramesh said.

"There are no land records. mostly are tribal areas.. here tribal land has been transferred to non-tribals and problems related to land is the biggest challenge for us," he told reporters here.

"If legal assistance was not provided, Naxals are providing illegal assistance. You have to provide legal assistance at various levels of judiciary," the minister said.