Tipeshwar tribals oppose relocation
NAGPUR: To oppose the relocation exercise being initiated by the state forest department, the tribals in Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary, 180km from here in Yavatmal district, have organized an 'Adivasi Parishad' on April 18.
The three villages in the sanctuary - Tipeshwar, Pitapingri and Maregaon - mostly dominated by Kolam tribals, are opposing relocation despite a proposal being passed by the gram panchayat to move out.
Resettlement of these villages was a long-pending demand following which forest secretary Praveen Pardeshi expedited the process and mobilised funds from the government. Now a section of tribals say they want land in lieu of land and job to one of the project-affected persons (PAPs).
Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJS) leader Kishor Tiwari will guide the tribals along with other Kolam leaders. However, the tribals seem to be misguided as in the relocation package there is no provision for jobs. Under option I, Rs 10 lakh are being offered to each family and those beyond 18 years of age are also being considered as an individual family.