Urges CM to implement Forest Rights Act 2006
SRINAGAR: Welcoming the ordinance passed by state cabinet ensuring death punishment for those found guilty in sexual assault on minors, Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Tuesday said the move is a right step in the right direction.
Interacting with people at various places in Kupwara, Rasheed according to a statement said, “It would have been more appropriate had the law been passed and implemented when Tabindah Gani rape and murder incident took place in 2006. It is unfortunate that government only wakes up after some heinous crime takes place. The state government often follows New Delhi and the track record proves that state government has never dared to bring an ordinance or pass a law of some serious significance and has preferred often to wait for New Delhi’s nods over such sensitive issues.”
More than passing the laws, it is important to ensure their time bound implementation, the AIP president said and sought similar laws to deal with corruption and nepotism.
He appealed government to implement Forest Rights Act. 2006 as passed by the Government of India, saying, “While state government has always been very keen and eager to implement all those laws passed by central government in one form or the other from time to time, but one fails to understand why doesn’t it pass law or bring and ordinance on the pattern of Forest Rights Act of 2006 passed by central government to protect the rights of nomads and those living within vicinity of forests.”
It is need of the hour to pass an act as soon as possible to bring state laws at par with GoI’s Forest Rights Act Of 2006, the independent MLA said.
He appealed chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to rise to the occasion and pass a law in the assembly or bring an ordinance to protect the rights of nomads and other related inhabitants at the pattern of Forest Rights Act 2006.