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Concern over the government’s moves to dilute the requirement for Gram Sabha consent in violation of the Forest Right’s Act (FRA)

Issue Date: Sep 13, 2014
September 12, 2014: Recent media reports suggest that the Central government is planning to weaken protective legislations that ensure rights of Adivasis and forest dwellers over their land, forests and natural resources. Specifically, the proposal to do away with the mandatory informed Gram Sabha consent required by the historical Forest Rights Act, which forest dwelling communities got enacted by Parliament through prolonged struggle, for diversion of forest land for developmental projects will be a violation of the Act and a major infringement of forest dwellers rights.

Don’t take away Gram Sabha’s powers under FRA: activists petition Modi

Issue Date: Sep 12, 2014
See also:  Press Release Concern over the government’s moves to dilute the requirement for Gram Sabha consent in violation of the Forest Right’s Act (FRA)  

Saga of two villages

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2007
Sukhomajri, a village in Haryana's Panchkula district, became a model of self-reliant development in the 1980s. Its journey from the depths of poverty to a level of prosperity that made it the first Indian village to pay income tax has been a source of inspiration the world over. What lay behind this incredible story was its success in managing its ecological wealth by creating a powerful and united village institution the Hill Resource Management Society (hrms).

Poor little rich states

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2001
ON THE face of it, democracy in India has won a small battle. People's aspirations have been met by the creation of the three new states - Chattisgarh, Uttaranchal and Jharkhand. The people agitated for decades against apathy and skewed development of the mother states - Madhya Pradesh (MP), Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar, respectively. But statehood means only half the battle won.

A belief in tradition

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2000

community forest management THE NEPALESE EXPERIENCE

Issue Date: Feb 29, 2000
In 1993, the Nepal government decided to hand over certain forest areas to rural communities. Six years later, 8,559 such communities are managing 621,942 hectares of forest land in the country. They are bent on accomplishing what the government has not been able to do -- regenerate the fast-depleting forest cover. While government-protected forests go from bad to worse, those managed by communities are getting a new lease of life. Unfortunately, a recent government circular threatens to bring the story of Nepal's community forest management (CFM) to an abrupt end.

On The Warpath

Issue Date: Sep 30, 1999

Disjointed and confused

Author(s): Nandini Sundar
Issue Date: Nov 30, 1996
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