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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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Chhattisgarh govt makes forest department as nodal agency for forest rights, activists describe move as ‘illegal’

A press release issued by the Chhattisgarh government on Saturday stated that the Forest Department has been made the nodal agency for the matter of community forest resource rights in the state.
File photo: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.(HT Photo)
File photo: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2020 02:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Raipur | ByRitesh Mishra | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

Odisha rehabilitation policy revision to increase one-time assistance next week

The revision is in line with the understanding that the CPI is a better indicator of inflation that affects an average household.
Odisha government is planning to revise the rehabilitation policy to increase the monetary relief given to the affected.(PTI Photo)
Odisha government is planning to revise the rehabilitation policy to increase the monetary relief given to the affected.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2020 07:04 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | ByDebabrata Mohanty

Heavy encroachment led to rejected forest claims: FSI

The need for an FSI survey arose after a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on February 13 this year ordered eviction of forest dwellers whose claims had been rejected.
The need for an FSI survey arose after a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on February 13 ordered eviction of forest dwellers whose claims had been rejected. (HT File)
The need for an FSI survey arose after a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on February 13 ordered eviction of forest dwellers whose claims had been rejected. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 18, 2019 11:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBhadra Sinha and Jays​hree Nandi

Indian liberals are adrift today. Here is a way out

Liberals have become over-reliant on State institutions. That mechanism is gone. They must work with society
Focusing on the economy isn’t enough. They must engage with identity concerns(Hindustan Times)
Focusing on the economy isn’t enough. They must engage with identity concerns(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 21, 2019 08:26 PM IST
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ByRuchi Gupta

Terror of wild elephants in MP, two dead in four days

The forest department, which is issuing warning continuously for the past three days, issued fresh warning on Saturday that more elephants are coming from the Chhattisgarh.
The elephant movement created panic among the villagers of Barahpan, Urati, Jaraha, Gobha and other villages and they left their houses abandoned.(HT image)
The elephant movement created panic among the villagers of Barahpan, Urati, Jaraha, Gobha and other villages and they left their houses abandoned.(HT image)
Updated on Oct 13, 2019 11:23 AM IST
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Shifting the Metro depot alone will not save Aarey

Aarey’s fate is precarious: the car depot will take away 3% of the area; even if the car depot is shifted out, 97% of the area has no protection
The construction of a car depot at Aarey Colony for the Metro project has been opposed by environmentalists, local citizens, students and politicians.(HT FILE)
The construction of a car depot at Aarey Colony for the Metro project has been opposed by environmentalists, local citizens, students and politicians.(HT FILE)
Updated on Sep 22, 2019 11:41 PM IST
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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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BySmitha Rao

Why NTCA’s tiger action plan is a giant leap | Analysis

A wiser move would be to adopt the NTCA’s model of benefit-sharing with indigenous people living on the fringes of reserves, as laid down in the forest rights act (FRA).
The draft was described to be draconian by several forest-rights activists because it gives major powers to forest officers, including the use of firearms and greater immunity from prosecution.(HT Photo)
The draft was described to be draconian by several forest-rights activists because it gives major powers to forest officers, including the use of firearms and greater immunity from prosecution.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2019 11:44 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Tiger numbers can increase even with human cohabitation

The application by nine academics was submitted to the Supreme Court in July as part of a petition seeking proper implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA).
A judicial magistrate’s court in Chamrajnagar upheld their community rights, including the crucial forest conservation and management right among others.(Sushil Prajapati/HT Photo)
A judicial magistrate’s court in Chamrajnagar upheld their community rights, including the crucial forest conservation and management right among others.(Sushil Prajapati/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2019 10:02 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

SC/ST welcome budget, skeptical if allocations will be directly beneficial

The absence of any provision to speed up processing of claims under the 2006 Forest Rights Act was also a point of concern, the activists noted.
In her maiden budget speech on Friday, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had extended entrepreneurial support programmes for SC-ST under the Stand Up India scheme, and flagged that providing dignity to manual scavengers was an aim of the government.(HT Photo)
In her maiden budget speech on Friday, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had extended entrepreneurial support programmes for SC-ST under the Stand Up India scheme, and flagged that providing dignity to manual scavengers was an aim of the government.(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 07, 2019 07:08 AM IST
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UK university honour for forest rights activist Madhu Sarin

Announcing the honorary graduates for 2019, the university said Sarin played a key role as a member of the Campaign for Survival and Dignity in India, which was instrumental in drafting the Forest Rights Act of 2006.
Madhu Sarin, a leading Indian figure in the area of forest rights, rural development and gender justice, is to be honoured with a honorary doctorate in civil law by the University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich.
Madhu Sarin, a leading Indian figure in the area of forest rights, rural development and gender justice, is to be honoured with a honorary doctorate in civil law by the University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich.
Updated on Jun 16, 2019 07:35 AM IST
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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 | ByJayashree 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 | ByYesha 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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ByGautam Bhatia

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Care to take a look at our green manifesto, groups tell parties

Members of Yeoor Environmental Society said they have started tweeting their suggestions to various parties. Rohit Joshi, founder of the society, said they expect around 2,000 people for the protest.
Around 35 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and citizen groups will take to the streets on Saturday demanding the inclusion of environmental issues in the election manifestos of political parties.(Photo by Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)
Around 35 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and citizen groups will take to the streets on Saturday demanding the inclusion of environmental issues in the election manifestos of political parties.(Photo by Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)
Published on Mar 30, 2019 02:27 AM IST
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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 | ByJayashree Nandi

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 | ByJayashree Nandi

The SC’s February 13 order on FRA was consistent with its earlier stand

The Forests Rights Act was designed to undo “historical injustice” to those who have primarily resided in and who depend on the forest or forests land for bona fide livelihood needs prior to December 2005. But since there is no cutoff date for receiving new claims, and gram sabhas are empowered to extend the 90-day window, this process has continued for 13 years and seems to be a never ending one.
On February 13, the Supreme Court asked 17 state governments to evict an estimated one million tribal and other households living in forests after their claims of the right to live in forests were rejected under The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA). On February 28, the SC ordered a stay of its order.(HT FILE PHOTO)
On February 13, the Supreme Court asked 17 state governments to evict an estimated one million tribal and other households living in forests after their claims of the right to live in forests were rejected under The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA). On February 28, the SC ordered a stay of its order.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 28, 2019 08:00 PM IST
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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 | BySibi Arasu

To save India’s forests, we need a change in our mindset and skill set

The Bandipur fire shows that activists with wildlife and human rights skills have to work with state governments
Thousands of hectares of some of the best tiger habitat have been burnt down and, with it, hundreds of birds, smaller mammals and the young of both tigers, leopards and so many other animals have either been displaced or burnt to cinders(PTI)
Thousands of hectares of some of the best tiger habitat have been burnt down and, with it, hundreds of birds, smaller mammals and the young of both tigers, leopards and so many other animals have either been displaced or burnt to cinders(PTI)
Updated on Feb 26, 2019 08:06 PM IST
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ByValmik Thapar

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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ByGautam Bhatia

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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Tweak in 1927 law to finally define what makes a forest

A non-government expert who is a committee member for amending the Act said the Indian Forest Act is “archaic” and not in sync with new concepts such as the Forest Rights Act 2006, payment of eco-system services, forest certification and private conservancy.
Forest areas could be redefined when the Indian Forest Act 1927 is amended next year. The union environment ministry set up a committee in 2016 to study the law and suggest amendments to make it relevant to current times.(Manoj Kumar/HT File Photo)
Forest areas could be redefined when the Indian Forest Act 1927 is amended next year. The union environment ministry set up a committee in 2016 to study the law and suggest amendments to make it relevant to current times.(Manoj Kumar/HT File Photo)
Published on Dec 27, 2018 10:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018: Rights of tribals over forest land key election issue

Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018: Madhya Pradesh, where assembly elections are slated on November 28, has the largest population of tribespeople in India, but recognition of forest rights in the state is negligible compared to states such as Maharashtra and Kerala, according to a recent study.
Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force guard EVMs ahead of Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, at MLB School in Jabalpur, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. The state votes on November 28.(PTI)
Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force guard EVMs ahead of Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, at MLB School in Jabalpur, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. The state votes on November 28.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 27, 2018 02:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Stir over forest rights likely to hit rail link project to landlocked Sikkim

The agitated villagers claim that while offering the compensation the authorities ignored the provisions of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, under which it is mandatory to get the consent of the villagers through gram sabhas.
Residents of the forest villages through which the proposed railway tracks will pass have rejected the compensation offered to them, alleging discrimination by the authorities.(File photo)
Residents of the forest villages through which the proposed railway tracks will pass have rejected the compensation offered to them, alleging discrimination by the authorities.(File photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2018 05:50 PM IST
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Centre’s draft forest policy: Three days left to send your suggestions

The last date for submitting responses is April 14.
The major details of the policy includes commercial use of forest produce, creating jobs linked to forest conservation, encouraging private plantations, watershed development, and mitigating climate change impacts through forestry.(HT FILE)
The major details of the policy includes commercial use of forest produce, creating jobs linked to forest conservation, encouraging private plantations, watershed development, and mitigating climate change impacts through forestry.(HT FILE)
Published on Apr 11, 2018 12:51 AM IST
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Farmers rally in Maharashtra: It’s time for a reality check

The demands of the farmers of the rally have categorically shown that there is a need for more effective implementation of the present entitlements and generate a rainfed policy perspective.
More than their tired feet, the battered minds of the marching farmers during a recent rally in Mumbai rattled us. Their demands were not typical of a farmers’ rally; they went well beyond the usual demands of loan waivers and support prices(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
More than their tired feet, the battered minds of the marching farmers during a recent rally in Mumbai rattled us. Their demands were not typical of a farmers’ rally; they went well beyond the usual demands of loan waivers and support prices(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 28, 2018 04:24 PM IST
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