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Central team unhappy over non-distribution of land pattas to Nagada Juangs

Jajpur, Aug 4: A two-member team of the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MTA) on Thursday visited Nagada in Jajpur district to assess the situation of the village, where 19 malnourished Juang children died in last four months and expressed its unhappiness over non-distribution of land pattas to the residents under Forest Rights Act (FRA).

“I am surprised to know that the tribals here have not received land pattas under Forest Right Act. It should not happen,” said team head G Ramesh Kumar.

Kumar, Ministry’s Joint Secretary also expressed dissatisfaction over the failure of the Jajpur district administration in handling malnutrition cases.

The team also visited Nagada, Uppar Nagada, Bhuisala and other remote villages and took stock of Anganwadi Centres, fair price shops and primary health centres in Sukinda. The members interacted with villagers on the distribution of PDS food grains.

The team suggested the district administration to provide pucca houses and latrines to the tribals.
Kumar also informed that development programmes are necessary for the socio-economic development of the people in Nagada village.
Local tehasildar, BDO and other senior officials were present at Nagada during the visit of the team.

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