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SC must vet process, states must help tribals get their land

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The Supreme Court ordering states to evict 1.9 million tribal and forest-dwelling families off their land will not only mean a humanitarian crisis of unimaginable proportions, it shows up the incompetence of both the state and Central governments since neither interceded when the tribal claims on forest land used by them were being rejected. While Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has instructed his state chief ministers to help the tribals, BJP chief Amit Shah has now done the same with BJP chief ministers. Ironically, while the tribal affairs ministry has been writing to various states about the high levels of claims-rejection for several years, there was no meaningful attempt to fix matters.

That matters should have come to this point is ironic since the very purpose of the FRA was to grant tribals the........

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