Today, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel took initiative towards empowerment of tribals in Gujarat. As a reform, Gujarat Govt has taken historic decisions for social and economic welfare of Van Bandhus in the region. For the first time in India, 193 Van Vasahati (Forest) villages have either been declared as Revenue Villages or merged with nearby Revenue Villages.
With merging or inclusion Van Vasahati villages being declared Revenue villages, tribals will get concurrent rights on the land ownership. Breaking away from old traditional custom of adding just family gorverning member’s name in revenue record, now rights will be able to be registered in the name of both man and woman head of family.
Previously, it was not possibel for Van Bandhus to inherit their land but with recent landmark decision, it will make inheritance possible and ensure tribals get benefits of all government schemes. CM handed-over Forest Land Titles to the Van Bandhus who play an instrumental role in preserving our forests. On this occasion, handed-over Forest Land Titles to the Van Bandhus who play an instrumental role in preserving our forests.