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Supreme Court continues its stay on eviction of lakhs of forest dwellers

-The Hindu Their claims for forest land rights have been rejected under the forest rights Act of 2006 The Supreme Court on Thursday continued its stay on the eviction of lakhs of Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers whose claims for forest land rights have been rejected under the forest rights Act (FRA) of 2006. A Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra posted the case for hearing on N

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Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra interviewed by Sugandha Indulkar (The Times of India)

of India Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra talks to Sugandha Indulkar about The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of forest rights) Act, 2006 and related issues, with today being World Tribal Day. * What’s the precise positioning of the tribal welfare departments at the Centre and states on FRA? This is a seminal legislation. The preamble to the Act itself

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The taproot of conservation justice -Ravi Chellam

ation efforts of the government and other agencies. Not to forget the widespread and long conservation track record of the local communities; the state of sacred groves is a very good example. The forest rights Act (FRA) is a piece of social legislation which aims to address the historical injustice that our forest dwelling communities have had to face for nearly 150 years by providing them with security of tenure over land for cultivation and habi

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How a social justice tool became a means to grab land in India's forests -Shekar Dattatri

tinuing. With a recent United Nations report warning that one million species of plants and animals are poised on the brink of extinction, we need to take all forest destruction very seriously The forest rights Act (FRA) was originally meant to redress historical injustice to genuine forest dwellers by conferring rights to traditionally occupied forest land. Following a multi-tier verification process, individual and community rights to approximate

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Environment minister's job to protect environment, not clear projects: Jairam Ramesh -Krishn Kaushik

te change if you are going to liberalise all your environmental policies”. He also alleged that the government is “weakening The Forest (Conservation) Act” and “neglecting The forest rights Act”. The government, he said, had also “liberalised the Coastal Regulation Zone”. “You are looking at environmental laws from the perspective of Ease of Doing Business,” he said to treasury benches. He said

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Information recharge: Meet Devansh Mehta of CGnet Swara -Ishan Kukreti

own to Earth Devansh Mehta believes that people can be sensitised through incentives, be it as small as mobile top-ups In 2016, when Devansh Mehta was asked to sensitise tribal people about the forest rights Act, 2006 (FRA), he came up with a simple solution: “Give them an incentive. They will come on their own.” Raipur-based non-profit CGnet Swara, where Mehta heads sustainability initiatives, implemented his proposal on an experime

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Don't dilute the RTI and the forest rights Acts -Gautam Bhatia

that might mean for the forthcoming five years. The period from 2014 to 2019 was significant as it saw two landmark laws complete 10 years in operation: the Right to Information Act (2005) and the forest rights Act (2007). While these two laws appear, at first glance, to be radically different, there is one thing that unites them: they both seek to achieve social justice by altering a long-standing and unjust set of power relations. The Right to In

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Expropriation in the name of conservation -Avi Singh & Peeyush Bhatia

ablish their rights, given that their rights were not property rights as per the British government’s conception of property). These expropriations were ameliorated in some small measure in the forest rights Act of 2006, but they have remained the edifice of the relationship between the government and the Adivasis. It is the forest department that Adivasis must deal with as their primary government agency. That a democratic government almost a c

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New forest law would put framers of the colonial act to shame -Anup Sinha

dwellers were left out of the bonanza of both the socialist model of development as well as the neo-liberal one. Social activism finally led the United Progressive Alliance government to enact the forest rights Act in 2006, which brought back people into the discussion. Claims of rights based on past evidence of residence and connections with forests were allowed to be heard and considered. But even after 13 years of the enactment only 3 per cent o

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For the voices on the forest fringe -Anamitra Anurag Danda

after the schedule of the seventeenth Lok Sabha election was declared, a news item appeared that said dwellers of the mangrove forests of the Sunderbans have demanded immediate implementation of the forest rights Act in the islands and declared that they would vote for candidates who support their cause. This demand was articulated by the Jana Sramajibi Manch, claiming to be an organization of fishermen and forest dwellers. The mangrove forests of th

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