Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday instructed the officials concerned to effectively implement the GO No 66 to safeguard and preserve the traditions of tribal people and ensure their welfare and development without disturbing their culture and customs.
The Chief Minister has reviewed the implementation of the GO and said that PESA rules should be implemented effectively to empower Gram Sabhas to safeguard tribal interests. The Gram sabhas in scheduled areas are now empowered to safeguard and preserve the traditions and customs of the tribal people, customary modes of dispute resolution and ownership of minor forest produce. He said that the implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Act, 1998 which promotes self governance, giving a central role to Gram Sabhas was vital to safeguard the interests of the people living in the scheduled areas.
The Chief Minister opined the provisions of the A P Panchayat Raj act, 1994 could not be applied to the scheduled areas in view of the prohibition imposed under Article 243-M of Constitution of India until Parliament makes a law extending the provision of the Part 9th of the scheduled areas. Accordingly, the Parliament enacted PESA Act. He said in pursuance of this, the State Legislated Act No7 of 1998 extending the provision of party-9 of the Constitution of India relating to Panchayats to the Scheduled areas. (NSS)