Taking a serious view of some states not implementing the Forest Rights Act, the Centre has directed Bihar, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand to expeditiously implement it.
Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday demanded extension of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 to the state so that they too can enjoy rights on forest land as are available to the people belonging to Scheduled Tribe communities across the country.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said there should not be any fear among tribals of losing their forest rights and indicated that there might not be any dilution of the Forest Rights Act.
The Maoists on Tuesday alleged that the Orissa government and the Centre had violated norms of the Union Environment ministry for the Posco project and expressed solidarity with those agitating against it.
Conservationists fear that Forest
Rights Act (FRA) may become a doom for green-cover, but
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh feels that it opens up an
opportunity to create a new fort for forestry restoration in
Government on Monday said states
have progressed in "varying degrees" in the implementation of
the Forest Rights Act, rejecting claims that some of them have
failed to implement the law in an "effective manner".