Committee to study implementation of Forest Rights Act
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 18:44
New Delhi: Aiming at better management of forests, the government on Thursday set up a committee to study the implementation of Forest Rights Act and define a new role for Forest Department and gram panchayats for conservation and regeneration of the resource.

Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and Ministry of Tribal Affairs have jointly set up a 10-member committee under Devendra Pandey, former director general, Forest Survey of India, according to a notification.

The committee will study the impact of the Forest Rights Act on forest management and suggest necessary policy changes for better management of forestry sector.

The panel, which will also identify the role of stake holders and beneficiaries in forest management, will submit its report in three months.

Parliament in 2006 passed the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, which is known as Forest Rights Act. The law relates to the rights of forest-dwelling communities to land and other resources, denied to them for decades.

The MoEF constituted the committee after two rounds of meeting with Ministry of Tribal Affairs on the issue of implication of the Act on sustainable forest management.

The committee will recommend measures on sustainable forest management and protection of rights of forest dwellers.


First Published: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 18:44

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