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How bamboo was liberated

Jairam Ramesh listening to the problems of people in Mendha Lekha Read full story: Bamboo Liberation Day Photograph by: Aparna Pallavi    

How bamboo was liberated

Jairam Ramesh along with residents of Mendha Lekha Read full story: Bamboo Liberation Day Photograph by: Aparna Pallavi    

How bamboo was liberated

Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh and Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in Mendha Lekha on April 27 Read full story: Bamboo Liberation Day Photograph by: Aparna Pallavi    

Bamboo liberation day

Issue Date: Apr 22, 2011
 

Freeing bamboo from the state

Author(s): Ashish Kothari
Issue Date: Apr 30, 2011
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has written to states to include bamboo in the list of minor forest produce (MFP) and to take steps to facilitate its use, sale and management by communities. The letter, dated March 21, is addressed to all chief ministers. It acknowledges the provisions of the Forest Rights Act (FRA), giving communities the right to collect, use and dispose bamboo as an MFP.

The big idea for change: bamboo as grass

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2011
“Stroke of the pen” reform is critical as in many cases policy is dastardly and change is laggardly. The essential element is to find that big-ticket item that can have impact on a scale and at a pace that is needed. I believe Union environment and forests minister Jairam Ramesh’s letter addressed to all chief ministers clarifying that bamboo is indeed a grass and not timber, is such an item.

Latest updates from Mendha Lekha

Issue Date: Apr 22, 2011
 

Bamboo liberation day - new

Issue Date: Apr 27, 2011
 

Live from Mendha Lekha -Updates

Issue Date: Apr 27, 2011
Aparna Pallavi - Live from Mendha Lekha

Rural communities win right over bamboo, finally

Issue Date: Apr 27, 2011
A large crowd gathered at Mendha Lekha village in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district in the morning on April 27 to witness a historic event. The state forest department handed over a transit passbook to the village community leader Devaji Tofa, signifying the village gram sabha would henceforth exercise the power to issue transit passes for selling bamboo harvested from the nearby forests.
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