Forest bureaucracy arms itself to halt the spread of CFM

• In the guise of a finance bill, the Nepalese government has given district forest officers powers to punish forest users' groups (FUGs) members

l In the terai , the government is interested to give the forest to foreign companies for harvesting and stop handing over forests to FUGs

l The government has undertaken the forest policy review with the help of foreign policymakers, including Indian forest officials, aiming for commercial benefits

l The government has not consulted FUGs, but plans to bring bill for parliament approval soon.