The Scheduled Tribes who were in occupation of forest land before 13-12-2005 shall be entitled to get rights; as for Other Traditional Forest Dwellers the occupation period shall be for at least three generations prior to 13-12-2005. The maximum extent that can be given to a household is 4 hectares. The Act recognizes Individual as well Community rights.
The Grama Sabha after approval forwarded the entire record with their resolution to the Sub-Division Level Committee (SDLC). The Sub-Division Level Committee under the chairmanship of Revenue Divisional Officer/Sub-Collector scrutinized the records received from Grama Sabha, took up adjudication of disputes if any and forwarded the records to District Level Committee (DLC). After obtaining the approval of the District Level Committee under the Chairmanship of District Collector, the committee prepared the record of rights and issued to the eligible Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers and Communities.