The gross tribal produce of Bastar is in excess of Rs 1,000 crore a year. Tribals, owners of the minor forest produce in terms of the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas Act, 1996 receive around 20 per cent of the value of their produce. 80 per

The Supreme Court has sug gested that the forested states, which lose revenue because of the ban on felling of trees should be compensated for keeping their forests intact. Protection of the

Steel plant plan opposed by villagers facing ouster