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  • Dear Richard Thanks for

    Dear Richard
    Thanks for Covering the very timely relevant story in Down to Earth for mainstreaming the understanding on assertion of rights by Gram Sabha over Bamboo. I am really glad to see your initiative to highlight this kind of good practices as example of community empowerment under an empowering law (FRA). My long association with this process making me excited to see this as learning for others to adopt. I got a best experience ever that community has tremendous potential and wisdom which can change the system of governance than the generic arm chair intellectuals. I wish this piece of story of experimentation would sensitize larger audience, forest rights activists and people in the system.


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  • Dear Richard & Kumar

    Dear Richard & Kumar Sambhav,
    Thanks for covering such a wonderful story on Minor Forest Produce, focusing on Kendu Leaves & bamboo post FRA.

    Forests and NTFPs as a natural resources were never meant to seen as a livelihood factors for the tribal people and other forest dependent communities in pre- and post-independence era. In colonial India, it was all about commercial exploitation and revenue and thus recognized no rights and concessions for forest dwellers. At the same time no protective legislation were enacted to focus on forest as a critical livelihood option. On the contrary they made it very clear that forest is primarily meant for commercial uses i.e, timber extraction and revenue maximization.

    But now the situation has changed. FRA has been proving the best weapon for the tribals and other traditional forest dwellers to restore their traditional rights over forest and forest product using their age old traditional knowledge.

    The road is open to eradicate poverty in just few years which the state has failed to do even in last sixty five years of our gaining independence. Gram Sabha has been empowered with most of the decision making process including the authority to issue Transit Permit. Now there is not to pay any fees, charges and even royalty on the Kendu Leaves, bamboo and other MFP that tribal and forest dependent collect, process, store and transport it to buyerÔÇÖs destination to complete the sale.

    As rightly pointed out in the cover story better late than never... I am sure there will be more success stories like Kandhamal, Jamguda & Mendhalekha in the country.

    I could not able to contact Mr Kumar Sambhav as I was in field when he was collecting some information on Kendu leaves for this cover story. still the report is wonderful and hope Down to Earth would cover more such reports.

    Chitta Ranjan

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  • Good articulation of small

    Good articulation of small but extremely important battles for peoples' collective rights over forest and its produce. Power to people and their innovative ways of ensuring justice...

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  • Community rights are being

    Community rights are being vested to undo historic injustice. The goal is to handover management of the livelihood resources to respective communities. On one side, the people and activists are struggling to ensure the rights. And on other side, the vested interests joining hands and trying to grab the resources by any means. The responsible concerned departments like Tribal development, Revenue , Forest and Panchayat are not playing their role as specified in letter and spirit of the Act. The civil society organisations, environmentalists are not equipped to take challenge...The tribals and forest dwellers have got independence after long dark era! They should get every support to empower themselves and enjoy rights sustainably. We all should ask people on various posts constitutionally accountable for securing tribals' rights and their development.

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  • It was presumed that the

    It was presumed that the forest people know about the forests better and will safeguard it. Now they are expecting the learned government officers belonging to British colonial department to support them.

    But it looks like there is a struggle going on for exploiting forest resources, for the industries.

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