JFM panels empowered

Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

Decentralisation is the key: v village-level Joint Forest Management (jfm) committees -- registered as societies under the relevant Act -- will execute jfm programmes throughout the country. This decision was taken at the initiative of minister of environment and forests T R Baalu as it was felt that the jfm committees should have legal standing in order to be more effective in the management of forests. These societies will be allowed to manage the forest areas on the basis of a technically sound working plan prepared by the government.

At a jfm programme meeting, it was decided that 50 per cent members of the jfm general body will comprise of women and the presence of at least 50 per cent women members will be a prerequisite for holding the general body meeting. It was also decided that at least 33 per cent of the jfm executive committee membership shall comprise of women.

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