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J&K government to implement Forest Rights Act

The Act, which grants and safeguard the rights of forest dwellers,was not applicable in the UT for the last 14 years
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Updated on Nov 19, 2020 12:49 AM IST
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Hindustan Times/Jammu | By Press Trust of India, Jammu

An alternative jobs and skill strategy for India

India needs to think of an alternative economic paradigm to prevent the distress we have seen this year
Migrant workers walking back to their villages, Delhi, March 27, 2020(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Migrant workers walking back to their villages, Delhi, March 27, 2020(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 17, 2020 05:53 AM IST
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By Madhav Gadgil

‘Bastar cashew’: New source of income for forest dwellers in Maoist-hit region

Successful plantation of cashew is available in Bastar on nearly 15,000 hectares of land with the production capacity of 10,000 quintals.
The forest department claimed nearly 6,000 forest dwelling families have collected cashew this year and each family has earned the average income of Rs 10,000 in Bastar.(HT Photo)
The forest department claimed nearly 6,000 forest dwelling families have collected cashew this year and each family has earned the average income of Rs 10,000 in Bastar.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2020 01:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra

India has adopted a coloniser’s approach to tribal populations

The proper implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights Act) of 2006 is an opportunity for India to demonstrate a model of conservation where historic missteps are addressed while being strategic about our commitment to climate and biodiversity action.
The Supreme Court of India’s ruling in February ordering the eviction of forest dwellers and tribes from India’s forests was based on petitions that deem these communities “encroachers”. They blame the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights Act) of 2006 for the denudation of forests.(ARBINDA MOHAPATRA/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court of India’s ruling in February ordering the eviction of forest dwellers and tribes from India’s forests was based on petitions that deem these communities “encroachers”. They blame the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights Act) of 2006 for the denudation of forests.(ARBINDA MOHAPATRA/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 04, 2019 12:40 PM IST
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By Smitha Rao

After Odisha, Chhattisgarh recognises forest rights claims

So far, 400,000 individual and 24,000 community forest rights certificates have been distributed in the state while according recognition to 342,000 hectares of land in individual claims and 950,000 hectares of land in community claims, the statement released on Tuesday said.
Chhattisgarh has become the second state in the country after Odisha to give recognition to forest lands acquired by scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers, according to a government statement(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Chhattisgarh has become the second state in the country after Odisha to give recognition to forest lands acquired by scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers, according to a government statement(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 14, 2019 02:10 AM IST
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Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra

SC told forest surveys to point out encroachments may take 16 years

The need for an FSI survey arose after a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on February 13 this year ordered the eviction of Forest Dwelling Tribals and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers whose claims to forest land were rejected.
FSI was asked to “make a satellite survey and place on record the encroachment positions and also state the positions after the eviction as far as possible.”(HT File)
FSI was asked to “make a satellite survey and place on record the encroachment positions and also state the positions after the eviction as far as possible.”(HT File)
Updated on Aug 07, 2019 08:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha

States reviewing forest rights claims

At least eight states have also admitted before the top court that the authorities had failed to follow due procedure under the law while deciding the claims of FDSTs and OTFD to forest land under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act of 2006.
A bench led by Justice Arun Mishra had on February 13 this year ordered the eviction of FDTs and OFTDs whose claims had been rejected.(PTI Image)
A bench led by Justice Arun Mishra had on February 13 this year ordered the eviction of FDTs and OFTDs whose claims had been rejected.(PTI Image)
Updated on Jul 31, 2019 01:21 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha & Jayashree Nandi

Giving rights to forest dwellers will not harm India’s forests

We question the motives behind the continued labelling of forest dwellers as forest destroyers even as evidence mounts that they have actively managed forests — the same forests that we are today enclosing as conservation fortresses.
A group of Soliga adivasis in the process of producing a counter-map of the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve, Karnataka. ATREE’S long-term ecological work in BRT shows that restrictions on the use of forests by resident adivasis violates their rights and have several adverse ecological and social outcomes.(NITIN RAI)
A group of Soliga adivasis in the process of producing a counter-map of the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve, Karnataka. ATREE’S long-term ecological work in BRT shows that restrictions on the use of forests by resident adivasis violates their rights and have several adverse ecological and social outcomes.(NITIN RAI)
Published on Jul 18, 2019 08:08 AM IST
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By Nitin D. Rai and Kamaljit S. Bawa

How a social justice tool became a means to grab land in India’s forests

Since Independence, waves of forest encroachments have been regularised on one pretext or another, and this unfortunate trend seems to be continuing. 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
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Updated on Jul 02, 2019 08:17 PM IST
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By Shekar Dattatri

NDA 2.0: Environment ministry to fast-track draft policies on land banks, forest cover

The environment ministry is expecting state governments to send their comments on the draft amendment to the Indian Forest Act, which among other things, empowers forest department officials to arrest without warrant and carry arms.
Public sector undertakings (PSUs) and private companies may be given a chance to raise these trees and earn from it,” a senior official said.(Anushree Fadnavis/HT File Photo)
Public sector undertakings (PSUs) and private companies may be given a chance to raise these trees and earn from it,” a senior official said.(Anushree Fadnavis/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 05, 2019 11:02 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi

This tribal hamlet at Aarey may get electricity for first time since Independence

Residents of Naushachapada have not applied for community forest rights under the Forest Rights Act
Adivasis of Nausachapada celebrate after getting NOC from Bombay Veterinary College.(HT Photo)
Adivasis of Nausachapada celebrate after getting NOC from Bombay Veterinary College.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2019 12:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Yesha Kotak, Mumbai

Don’t dilute the RTI and the forest rights Acts

It is also important to remember that both these laws were the product of sustained, grassroots-level social movements. Consequently, perhaps the surest remedy against possible future dilution may lie not in judicial challenges (although that remains important), but in popular mobilisation.
Based upon the principle that ecological conservation is best achieved in cooperation with indigenous forest dwellers – and by recognising them as rights-bearers, the FRA takes away power from forest bureaucracy, and vests it in some of the most vulnerable and marginalised citizens of our polity(AP)
Based upon the principle that ecological conservation is best achieved in cooperation with indigenous forest dwellers – and by recognising them as rights-bearers, the FRA takes away power from forest bureaucracy, and vests it in some of the most vulnerable and marginalised citizens of our polity(AP)
Published on May 28, 2019 07:41 PM IST
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By Gautam Bhatia

A village with carbon-positive tag

Phayeng is a scheduled caste village of the Chakpa community in Imphal West district and its conservation efforts are mainly linked to the belief that the forest is a sacred grove, but the idea has changed over the years.
Although Phayeng is not a reserve forest, efforts are under way to give it a community forest tag. It has 95 tree species with medicinal and timber value.(Journey Basket)
Although Phayeng is not a reserve forest, efforts are under way to give it a community forest tag. It has 95 tree species with medicinal and timber value.(Journey Basket)
Published on Apr 01, 2019 06:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi

In rejection of forest rights claims, duplications cited

The Supreme Court, while hearing an 11-year-old public interest case by wildlife activists challenging the FRA, has sought information on the process followed by states for rejection or recognition of claims in detailed affidavits.
State governments have attributed the high rate of rejection of forest rights claims largely to duplication of claims — either by one forest dweller making multiple claims or persons from the same family making separate claims.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT File Photo)
State governments have attributed the high rate of rejection of forest rights claims largely to duplication of claims — either by one forest dweller making multiple claims or persons from the same family making separate claims.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 06, 2019 11:07 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi

SC to consider listing fresh plea on forest dwellers’ eviction

The Supreme Court Tuesday said it would consider listing of a fresh plea seeking direction to the authorities not to evict any forest dweller and to set up an SIT to look into illegal acquisition of tribals’ land.
The Supreme Court Tuesday said it would consider listing of a fresh plea seeking direction to the authorities not to evict any forest dweller and to set up an SIT to look into illegal acquisition of tribals’ land.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court Tuesday said it would consider listing of a fresh plea seeking direction to the authorities not to evict any forest dweller and to set up an SIT to look into illegal acquisition of tribals’ land.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 06, 2019 12:47 AM IST
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Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India

50% of forest land right claims end in rejections

The claims are by tribal or pastoral communities seeking community rights over forest land they have inhabited for generations. Out of 4.224 million claims received, only 1.894 million titles have been distributed, 1.939 million have been rejected and a little less than 400,000 are still being assessed.
One out of every two claims made since 2007 by forest dwellers under the Forest Rights Act has been rejected, data from the ministry of tribal affairs (MoTA) shows(HT Photo)
One out of every two claims made since 2007 by forest dwellers under the Forest Rights Act has been rejected, data from the ministry of tribal affairs (MoTA) shows(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 02, 2019 07:29 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Jayashree Nandi

Supreme Court puts on hold its order to evict forest dwellers

The Supreme Court on Thursday put on hold its own February 13 order for the eviction of 1 million tribespeople and others who allegedly encroached on forest lands.
The Supreme Court on Thursday put on hold its own February 13 order for the eviction of 1 million tribespeople and others who allegedly encroached on forest lands.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court on Thursday put on hold its own February 13 order for the eviction of 1 million tribespeople and others who allegedly encroached on forest lands.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 28, 2019 10:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha

Supreme Court agrees to hear plea on forest dwellers’ eviction

The Centre submitted the court must interpret the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, under which the claims were rejected, liberally.
Supreme Court agrees to hear plea on forest dwellers’(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Supreme Court agrees to hear plea on forest dwellers’(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 27, 2019 11:30 PM IST
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New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Karnataka tribal communities allege false rejection of claims under FRA

The Siddis, an ethnic group in Uttara Kannada, filed over 2,300 claims of residence but nearly half were rejected.
Siddi tribe members show their fingers marked with indelible ink during a voting awareness campaign ahead of Karnataka Assembly elections in Bengaluru last year.(PTI File Photo)
Siddi tribe members show their fingers marked with indelible ink during a voting awareness campaign ahead of Karnataka Assembly elections in Bengaluru last year.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Feb 27, 2019 01:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By Sibi Arasu

The Supreme Court must avoid turning into the executive

When the body charged by the Constitution to protect our rights begins to act like the government that it is meant to protect us from, we should all start to worry.
Reports indicate that more than(Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)
Reports indicate that more than(Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2019 07:39 AM IST
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By Gautam Bhatia

Mixed response to SC order on eviction of forest dwellers

While some non-government organisations urged the SC to withdraw the order till a proper rehabilitation policy is drawn up, others welcomed the order saying the law had resulted in “fragmentation” of forest land.
While some non-government organisations urged the SC to withdraw the order till a proper rehabilitation policy is drawn up, others welcomed the order saying the law had resulted in “fragmentation” of forest land.(REUTERS)
While some non-government organisations urged the SC to withdraw the order till a proper rehabilitation policy is drawn up, others welcomed the order saying the law had resulted in “fragmentation” of forest land.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 22, 2019 07:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Supreme Court orders eviction of 1.1 mn forest families

The law provides for giving land rights to those living on forest land for at least three generations before December 31, 2005.
According to affidavits filed by the states in the Supreme Court, about 11,72,931 land ownership claims have been made .(HT FIle Photo)
According to affidavits filed by the states in the Supreme Court, about 11,72,931 land ownership claims have been made .(HT FIle Photo)
Updated on Feb 21, 2019 06:55 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan

Govt may review old schemes to save funds to waive farmers loans

The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh may review several schemes initiated by the previous Shivraj Singh Chouhan government to fund the party’s promise to waive farm loans up to Rs 2 lakh per head.
The agriculture department estimates the loan waiver to cost Rs 35,000 crore. Image for representation.(REUTERS file photo)
The agriculture department estimates the loan waiver to cost Rs 35,000 crore. Image for representation.(REUTERS file photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2018 07:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan

Dalit teen arrested in MP for sending ‘derogatory’ Lord Hanuman photo on WhatsApp

Police said a complaint was filed against the 17-year-old for hurting religious sentiments by posting a picture of Lord Hanuman seated along with BR Ambedkar in which the deity was saying some words of apology which were objectionable.
A Dalit teen in Madhya Pradesh has been arrested for posting an allegedly derogatory photo of Lord Hanuman on his WhatsApp account (File Photo)(HT)
A Dalit teen in Madhya Pradesh has been arrested for posting an allegedly derogatory photo of Lord Hanuman on his WhatsApp account (File Photo)(HT)
Updated on Dec 09, 2018 09:27 AM IST
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Bhopal/Sagar | By Anupam Pateriya

Wrong to divide Gods into castes: Uttar Pradesh minister hits out at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had said Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit.(PTI)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had said Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit.(PTI)
Published on Dec 03, 2018 11:14 AM IST
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Muzaffarnagar | By Press Trust of India

Legal notice sent to Yogi for ‘calling Hanuman a Dalit’

Rajasthan Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha president Suresh Mishra has now sent a notice to Adityanath, accusing him of dragging Lord Hanuman’s caste for political gain for the BJP in Rajasthan where assembly polls will be held on December 7.
During a poll rally in Malakheda of Alwar district on Tuesday, Adityanath had reportedly said, “Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit(PTI)
During a poll rally in Malakheda of Alwar district on Tuesday, Adityanath had reportedly said, “Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit(PTI)
Updated on Dec 03, 2018 11:03 AM IST
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Jaipur | By Press Trust of India, Jaipur

Supreme Court directs status quo on relocation of Van Gujjars

In a major relief to Van Gujjars or nomadic pastoralists residing in the Corbett Tiger Reserve who were directed to be relocated by the Uttarakhand high court
A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 24, 2018 05:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Nainital | By Neeraj Santoshi, Nainital

Rajaji tigers straying in Haridwar division, NTCA releases funds for better patrolling

The authorities at the porous Rajaji Tiger Reserve are worried over the increasing numbers of tigers
Rajaji has a major human intervention and even after relocating forest dwellers—due to the increase in the numbers of tigers--some of the core areas are still reeling under encroachment.(HT Photo)
Rajaji has a major human intervention and even after relocating forest dwellers—due to the increase in the numbers of tigers--some of the core areas are still reeling under encroachment.(HT Photo)
Published on Apr 12, 2018 10:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Nihi Sharma

We will wait for government to fulfil our demands, says leader of kisan long march

MLA from Kalvan in Nashik district is one of three leaders that led the ‘kisan long march’ to Mumbai last week. Gavit is very clear about what will happen if tribal farmers’ demands are not met this time
Jiva Pandu Gavit, CPI(M) MLA, leader of kisan long march(Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Jiva Pandu Gavit, CPI(M) MLA, leader of kisan long march(Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 20, 2018 04:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | By Vaishali Balajiwale
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