The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Right) Act 2006 in Mizoram)
Mizoram Legislative Assembly had just passed the Bill during its recent Session held on 20th to 29th Oct. 2009 for the enforcement of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Right) Act 2006 and corresponding rules in the state of Mizoram, which will be effective from 31st of December this year.
The Bill was passed in line with the Article 371(G) of the Constitution of India. According to the provision here no Act of Parliament in respect of ownership and transfer of land shall apply to the State of Mizoram unless the State Legislative Assembly by resolution so decides.
The state government of Mizoram has exerted utmost effort for the implementation of the Act at various levels.
i) The Secretary social Welfare Department, Govt. of Mizoram has been declared by the govt. of India as the Nodal Agency for implementation of the provisions of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forrest Right) Act 2006 and corresponding rules.
ii) All the village Councils in Mizoram have been assigned by the State Government the role of Gram Sabha for the purpose of implementation of the Act and rules.
iii) Notification constituting Sub-divisional Level Committees, District Level Committees and State Level Committees as required under the Act have been issued.
iv) Village Councils are designated to function as Gram Sabha in every village
v) Coordination committee for the implmentation has been constituted comprising of representatives of all line Departments
vi) Translation of the Act and the Rules in to local language (Mizo language) has been completed and distributed widely.