7 Fight is on for forests

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

The For­est Rights Act was in­tro­duced in 2006 to recog­nise rights of for­est dwellers. DownToEarth has cov­ered en­force­ment of this land­mark Act, meant to con­serve the en­vi­ron­ment while en­sur­ing devel­op­ment of trib­als. Our re­ports show the Act has hardly met its ob­jec­tive ("How gov­ern­ment is sub­vert­ing For­est Rights Act", Novem­ber 1-15, 2010). In 2010, it came to light that only 1.6 per cent of the 2.9 mil­lion claims un­der the Act recog­nised com­mu­nity rights guar­an­teed un­der the Act.

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