Access granted

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

the indigenous people and villagers of Madhya Pradesh have been granted permission to collect minor forest produce like honey from the buffer zones of national parks for non-commercial purposes, on the condition that the collection process would not involve the use of fire. A decision to this effect was taken during a meeting between the state chief minister Digvijay Singh and Union environment and forests minister T R Baalu. The state government is also planning to seek the Supreme Court's permission for allowing indigenous people to use minor forest produce of the notified wildlife sanctuaries. The Union government has decided not to oppose the move.

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