Live from Mendha Lekha -Updates

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

image Aparna Pallavi - Live from Mendha Lekha
Down To Earth will report live from Mendha Lekha as India rewrites its bamboo history. Our reporter Aparna Pallavi will be present there and give minute by minute updates as the story unfolds.
dot Jairam Ramesh chides forest department. If transit pass not given legal action against officials.
 dot Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan says giving forest rights to people only way to save forest. Calls for transit pass for tendu
 dot Finally bamboo history rewritten. Devaji Tofa, community leader of Mendha Lekha given transit pass book. Sunita Narain and Gadchiroli MLA Namdev Usendi given transit passes.
 dot Jairam Ramesh pulls up Maharashtra forest department and forest minister for anti-people mindset. calls for Minimum Support Price for minor forest produce.
 dot Centre to give Minimum Support Price for twelve important minor forest produce
dot Maharashtra Home minister R R Patil says Gadchiroli district has 78 per cent as forest, highest in the state but still the poorest. Calls for community rights for tendu leaves like bamboo
dot Devaji Tofa, community leader of Mendha Lekha calls for automatic recognition of right to minor forest produce in all villages across India.
dot Usendi demands right to sell minor forest produce like mahua and tendu
in open market.
dot Gadchiroli MLA Namdev Usendi criticises forest department for not knowing Forest Rights Act when uneducated and poor people of Mendha Lekha know it. This made struggle for bamboo necessary, he says.
dot Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Maharashtra, says bamboo will be included under PESA.
dot In Medha Lekha Jairam Ramesh says the transit pass must be kept by gram sabha



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