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SETTLE COMMUNITY CLAIMS IN 60 DAYS: B’NGIR DM Saturday, 15 November 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

SETTLE COMMUNITY CLAIMS IN 60 DAYS: B’NGIR DM
Saturday, 15 November 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

District Collector M Muthukumar has directed the Sub-Divisional Level Forest Rights Committee (SDLC) of Saintala to clear all the community claims submitted by villagers for their forest rights under the Forest Right Act (FRA) 2006 within 60 days.
The Collector was speaking at a workshop on the minimum support price (MSP) of marketing of non-timber forest produces (NTFPs) organised by the Zila Jungle Suraksha O Parichalana Forum and the Regional Centre for Development and Cooperation (RCDC) at Saintala, 40 km from here,on Wednesday.On this occasion, the Collector formally released the ‘Gandhamardan honey’ collected by residents of six villages of the Gandhamardan area. Interestingly, while the MSP for a kg of wild honey has been fixed by the Central Government at Rs132, it has been selling at rates of around Rs200 to Rs330 in market.
Given the higher price in market, how a primary collector would sell honey to the Government at a rate below the market price, questioned an NGO activist. The Collector also stressed on convergence of various programmes for forest dwellers.Speakers discussed different aspects of NTFPs, their minimum support prices at the workshop, which was attended by block-level officials, NGO activists and villagers.

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