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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.

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.

Bamboo sale for bamboo rights

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2011
MENDHA Lekha village in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra staged a novel protest on February 15. It organised a bamboo sale in the village to highlight the forest department’s refusal to grant transit passes to transport bamboo out of the village for sale.

Maharashtra muddies bamboo rights

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2010
THE Maharashtra forest department has proposed including bamboo under minor forest produce (MFP). While the department touts the initiative as a step towards giving ownership of bamboo to gram sabhas under the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act, forest rights activists say it is an attempt to dilute the Forest Rights Act (FRA).

Is bamboo a tree or a grass?

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2010
The definition is contested as the answer has immense economic implications. If bamboo is a tree or timber, it belongs to the forest department and can be auctioned to the paper and pulp industry, often at throwaway rates.

Letters

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2010
Retrofit gadgets, reduce e-waste Electronic gadgets outnumber grocery items in a household these days (‘A different waste model’, June 1-15, 2010, and ‘IT’s underbelly’, May 16-31, 2010). What’s more, software-based devices such as cellular phones, cameras and computers have a short lifespan due to fast-growing research and constant innovation. What is a breakthrough today becomes outdated in a year. This results in piles of e-waste every year.

Forest titles only on paper

Issue Date: May 31, 2010
Mendha lekha in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra was one of the first two villages in India to claim community ownership over its forests last December. Six months after they got their forest titles, the tribal villagers find bureaucratic hurdles are hampering their powers under the Forest Rights Act of 2006.
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