Madhya Pradesh: PESA rules used to undermine the Act

Under Section 35 of the Madhya Pradesh PESA Rules 2021, the Gram Sabha has been invested with powers over the natural resources, agriculture and land only within the jurisdiction of the Gram Panchayat whereas in the Adivasi tradition, these powers extend up to the boundaries of the area inhabited by the community, says Manish Bhatt Manu

On 4 December, the martyrdom day of Tantya Bhil, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan announced the implementation of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 in the state. However, organizations working for Adivasi self-governance and rights claim that the rules framed by the state government under the Act have effectively smothered the soul of the statute.

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