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Mendha Lekha

Maharashtra forest department gets flak for its August 15 diktat

Issue Date: Aug 2, 2014
In a controversial move, the Maharashtra Forest Department has asked gram sabhas, including the ones that have been granted community forest rights (CFR) under the Forest Rights Act, to pass a resolution accepting the status of forest village under the newly notified forest village rules of the Indian Forest Act (IFA) 1927.

Maharashtra forest department gets flak for its August 15 diktat

Issue Date: Aug 2, 2014
In a controversial move, the Maharashtra Forest Department has asked gram sabhas, including the ones that have been granted community forest rights (CFR) under the Forest Rights Act, to pass a resolution accepting the status of forest village under the newly notified forest village rules of the Indian Forest Act (IFA) 1927.

Bamboo rising

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2013
Nobody in Loyendi village keeps track of time. But for its 150-odd residents, December 7, 2012, is a day to remember. “It is our independence day,” says village elder Petra Kanhara. On this day, the village in Odisha’s Kandhamal district got community right over 20 mountains full of forests under the Forest Rights Act (FRA).

Half-way to autonomy

Issue Date: May 15, 2012
The tiny 16-house village of Kuppaner in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district is bustling with activity. A few days ago, its gram sabha started felling bamboo in areas where it has community forest rights (CFR). Kuppaner is among the 400 villages in the district that have been granted CFR under the Forest Rights Act.

Another Maharashtra village demands community forest rights

Issue Date: Apr 7, 2012
These days all 225 residents of a small village in Maharashtra, Pachgaon, are busy slicing bamboo to make sticks on which incense stick material can be stuck.

Don’t say bamboo

Issue Date: Mar 21, 2012
In Maharashtra’s tribal district of Gadchiroli, naxalism appears to have a status akin to Voldemort’s (the evil wizard in Harry Potter books). The word must not be said by anyone, including government officials. Naxalites are referred to as “those people”, “inside people” or “bhai log” (big brothers) in the region.

Bamboo under siege

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2012

Bamboo still a distant dream

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2011
THE success story of Mendha Lekha achieving record earnings on the sale of bamboo ends just there.

Mendha Lekha gets record bamboo rate

Issue Date: Sep 26, 2011
Mendha Lekha village in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra has proved wrong the forest department’s stand that gram sabhas cannot manage forest produce.
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