Forests

Bamboo liberation day

According to former environment minister Jairam Ramesh, minor forest produce is a ownership right vested by Parliament under Forest Rights Act

 
Last Updated: Wednesday 08 July 2015

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Latest updates from Mendha Lekha

April 26: In response to forest department's opposition to giving community rights to freely sell, harvest and transport bamboo, Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh has said that Minor Forest Produce is a ownership right vested by Parliament under Forest Rights Act and all state authorities are obliged to respect this provision.
Read: Jairam Ramesh's letter   More updates » « less
April 25:
Just two days before the historic day when Mendha Lekha was set to become the first village in India to exercise its community right to harvest and sell freely bamboo under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), the forest department says without its permission no transit pass will be issued to take away bamboo. It is “illegal”
Read: Chief Conservator of Forests response
April 22:
Mendha lekha in its gram sabha resolution has welcomed the chief minister. But has said if the forest department does not issue it transit pass for its harvested bamboo its rights will be incomplete
Read: Mendha Lekha's struggle for bamboo rights

 
 
The unfolding story
     
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April 27, is an important day for Mendha Lekha. On this day, bamboo will attain its liberation and Mendha Lekha will become the first village in India to exercise its community right to harvest and freely sell bamboo under the Forest Rights Act (FRA).

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Author(s): Sunita Narain
Posted on: 15 December 2010
 
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Posted on: 16 April 2011
 
 
Mendha Lekha's struggle for bamboo rights
     
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The road for obtaining community right to harvest and sell bamboo freely has not been easy for the village. It has awaited for almost two years for this glory

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DTE reportage on bamboo
 
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19 years of reportage on minor forest produce and tribal rights

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