How government is subverting Forest Rights Act

How government is subverting Forest Rights Act

Does this official data betray a conspiracy? Only 1.6 per cent of the 2.9 million claims approved under the Forest Rights Act recognise community rights; the rest recognise individual rights over forest dwellings and farms in forestland. Now consider this: community rights under the Act include the right to collect minor forest produce, like bamboo and tendu leaves, which accounts for half the forest department revenue. Reason enough for states to scuttle community rights, which the Centre is trying desperately to enforce. The government of India views MFP rights as a means to curb Naxalism since the states most affected by Naxalism are also home to the maximum number of people dependent on forest produce. These states contribute more than 90 per cent of the MFP trade Down To Earth correspondents travelled to six states to unravel the conspiracy to deprive forest people of their rights. Richard Mahapatra reports from Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava from Madhya Pradesh, Sumana Narayanan from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and Aparna Pallavi from Maharashtra

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  • Ref "Forest dwelling communities" item: Most praiseworthy piece, an eye opener as it shows how rural people around forest peripheries can have better sustainable living and it needs to be encouraged all over the country. The example of bamboo (I did not know India was 2nd in production in the world) is of immense value to all -- forest dwelling families, buyers and economy, wonder why bamboo plantations have not been encouraged all over. The forest department, all over, hppens to be the major culprit -- do we have an active policy to outline which species of trees are to be planted in say Thar Desert or along 5the Aravalli range? Thanks.

    Posted by: Harsh Vardhan | 3 months ago | Reply
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