A move that proposes to allow forest dwellers to commercially exploit minor forest produce, which includes bamboo, has worried activists and the forest administration, especially after what happene

Say It Is Not A ‘Grass’ But A ‘Tree’, Can’t Be Harvested.

A special commission will soon be set up to fix the minimum support price (MSP) for forest produces used by tribals to earn their livelihoods, the Government said here on Monday.

New Delhi In a move that is expected to benefit millions of people earning their livelihood from the forest, the government has decided to appoint a special commission for fixing minimum support price (MSP) for minor forest produce like bamboo, mahua and tendu leaves.

The commission is expected to be appointed by January 2013 under the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation (Trifed), tribal affairs minister V Kishore Chandra Deo said on Monday. The Planning Commission has already given its approval for setting up such a commission. “There is a procedure for setting up a commission. We have received a go ahead from the Planning Commission and Trifed will be its nodal agency,” Deo said.

The Ministry is proposing to make some amendments in the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Rules, 2008 to: lay down a procedure for identification or hamlets or settlements and process of consolidation of their lists; increase the mandatory tribal membership of Forest Rights Committees from the

Over a period of last four years of implementation of the Act, some problems impeding the implementation of the Act in its letter and spirit have come to the notice of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, such as, convening of Gram Sabha meetings at the Panchayat level resulting in exclusion of smaller habitations not formally part of any village; no

The State Government will plant more than 680 crore saplings on private lands in the next eight years, Forest Minister K.T. Pachamal has said.

The government had come up with the initiative to increase the green cover as the State currently had a green cover of 21.76 per cent, he said after inspecting the Vellode bird sanctuary here on Monday. The government had already launched a massive initiative to plant 64 lakh saplings in April, he added.

PANJIM: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday claimed that the governments that disrespect the rights of tribals living in the forest, themselves are encroachers on forest lands and that enactment of Forest Rights Act (FAR) reinforces the right of the tribals living there.

“Tribals have not encroached on the forest land. We are the ones who have snatched away their forest rights by encroaching on the forest land,” the chief minister said while addressing an orientation programme on effective implementation of Forest Right Act (FRA), organized by Directorate of Tribal Welfare.

This document published by Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation cell, Goverment of Gujarat is a comprehensive compilation of major statistical facts about various aspects of forest. It also contains details of wildlife sanctuaries & national parks in the state.

This study aims at consolidating information on Community Forest Right (CFR) status and issues in different states in India collected from groups and organizations working in the states including the lessons from the March 2012 consultation, in order to understand the ground level situation regarding their implementation and to provide an assess