A great sweep

It has been three years since Sumani Jaghodi a tribal resident of Mandibisi village, Rayagada district, Orissa led a successful struggle of hill broom collectors in the district. She still cannot believe that her modest broom could overturn an enormously skewed forest law of the state. Till March 2000, the forest department had sole rights to bind and sell hill broom grass in Orissa. It procured this minor forest produce (mfp) from the collectors