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Tribals and other traditional forest-dwellers will be provided urban forestland under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers by Chhattisgarh government(HT File photo)

Chhattisgarh to provide urban forest land under FRA to tribals for household purposes

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 03:07 PM IST
The Bhupesh Baghel-led government on Monday claimed that Chhattisgarh is the first state in the country to provide such an entitlement.
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)

Tiger numbers can increase even with human cohabitation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2019 10:02 AM IST
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).
The first right FRA confers is individual forest rights (IFRs) to habitation and cultivation. The critics of FRA assailed it as a forest give-away. Some of them even took the maximum limit on IFRs (four hectares), and multiplied it by the number of scheduled tribe families in India to declare that millions of hectares of forest would be lost.(HT FILE PHOTO)
The first right FRA confers is individual forest rights (IFRs) to habitation and cultivation. The critics of FRA assailed it as a forest give-away. Some of them even took the maximum limit on IFRs (four hectares), and multiplied it by the number of scheduled tribe families in India to declare that millions of hectares of forest would be lost.(HT FILE PHOTO)

There’s little evidence to show FRA is leading to large-scale deforestation

By Sharachchandra Lele and MD Madhusudan
PUBLISHED ON JUL 15, 2019 08:12 PM IST
Instead of blindly opposing it, conservationists must demand sincere implementation of the forest law
Following the Supreme Court’s recent interventions in the Forest Rights Act (FRA) case, a flood of responses from social activists and academics are on display. (Photo by Manoj Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Following the Supreme Court’s recent interventions in the Forest Rights Act (FRA) case, a flood of responses from social activists and academics are on display. (Photo by Manoj Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Nature in peril as contradictory laws continue to threaten conservation

Hindustan Times | By K Ullas Karanth and Shiv Someshwar
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2019 02:21 PM IST
Massive scientific evidence, both globally and within India, clearly demonstrate that human colonization has been a major driver of habitat loss and species extinctions.
(HT File Photo)
(HT File Photo)

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

By Shekar Dattatri
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 08:17 PM IST
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
According to the data, Maharashtra ranked fourth in the country among states with maximum encroachment, after Madhya Pradesh, Assam, and Odisha.(HT FILE)
According to the data, Maharashtra ranked fourth in the country among states with maximum encroachment, after Madhya Pradesh, Assam, and Odisha.(HT FILE)

Only 10% encroachments in Maharashtra’s forests cleared in one year: Ministry data

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2019 12:11 AM IST
Of the 61,579sqkm total forest cover in the state, 604sqkm is under encroachment in Maharashtra in 2019.
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)

Don’t dilute the RTI and the forest rights Acts

By Gautam Bhatia
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2019 07:41 PM IST
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.
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)

In rejection of forest rights claims, duplications cited

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2019 11:07 PM IST
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.
Private technical colleges had previously been given permission to charge higher fees for NRI and management quota seats. (Representational photo)(HT Photo)
Private technical colleges had previously been given permission to charge higher fees for NRI and management quota seats. (Representational photo)(HT Photo)

Share info on NRI, management seats: FRA to tech colleges

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2019 12:21 AM IST
The information, said government officials, will help them reduce fees for academic year 2019-20
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)

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

By Kishor Rithe
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2019 08:00 PM IST
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.
Established in 2004, the FRA is a quasi-judicial body responsible for regulating fees of all unaided private professional colleges in the state.(HT PHOTO)
Established in 2004, the FRA is a quasi-judicial body responsible for regulating fees of all unaided private professional colleges in the state.(HT PHOTO)

Undergrad medical courses at private colleges in Maharashtra to cost 25% more

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2019 02:58 PM IST
State caps minimum fees at 7 lakh, allows hike for equipment upgrade at institutes
Earlier this month, FRA ruled that the “excess” fees charged by colleges from students admitted under 35% management and 15% non-residential Indian (NRI) quota in the current academic year should be used to reduce the fees for 2019-20.(HT file phot)
Earlier this month, FRA ruled that the “excess” fees charged by colleges from students admitted under 35% management and 15% non-residential Indian (NRI) quota in the current academic year should be used to reduce the fees for 2019-20.(HT file phot)
The state Fee Regulating Authority has decided that “excess” fees should cross-subsidise the fees charged from other students.(Ht Photo)
The state Fee Regulating Authority has decided that “excess” fees should cross-subsidise the fees charged from other students.(Ht Photo)

PG medical courses: Maharashtra govt slashes fees

Hindustan Times | By Musab Qazi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2019 11:11 PM IST
State slashes fees by 1/3rd to half in colleges that charges extra for mgmt, NRI quota in 2018-19
A recent government resolution stated that colleges offering such courses will continue to be governed by the Fee Regulating Authority.(HT File Photo)
A recent government resolution stated that colleges offering such courses will continue to be governed by the Fee Regulating Authority.(HT File Photo)

FRA will continue to decide fees of technical diplomas

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 03, 2018 01:56 PM IST
A recent government resolution (GR) stated that colleges offering such courses will continue to be governed by the Fee Regulating Authority (FRA).
As per the Medical Council of India(MCI) norms, the post-graduate medical student is entitled to receive a specified amount as stipend. (HT representational photo)
As per the Medical Council of India(MCI) norms, the post-graduate medical student is entitled to receive a specified amount as stipend. (HT representational photo)

State fee regulating authority directive: No bank guarantee for medical admissions

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Ananya Barua
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2018 02:44 PM IST
Private medical colleges have been told that no amount other than first-year fees can be collected for post graduate medical courses.
Of the 820 seats, 280 are the ones surrendered following All India Quota (AIQ) admissions, 150 are newly approved seats and 180 seats are the ones surrendered after the first round of allotment.(HT FILE)
Of the 820 seats, 280 are the ones surrendered following All India Quota (AIQ) admissions, 150 are newly approved seats and 180 seats are the ones surrendered after the first round of allotment.(HT FILE)

PG medical admissions in Maharashtra: 820 seats up for grabs in Round 2

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2018 11:51 AM IST
280 seats were the ones surrendered after All India Quota admissions
Ongoing dispute between colleges and fee regulating body had jeopardised PG admissions.(Pic for representation)
Ongoing dispute between colleges and fee regulating body had jeopardised PG admissions.(Pic for representation)

Pay four times more for management seat in private medical colleges in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Bhandary
PUBLISHED ON APR 24, 2018 10:22 AM IST
Institutes has asked the fee regulating authority to let them charge five times fees for management and NRI quota
But two weeks ago, private institutes sought permission for all their quota seats, which constitutes 50% of the total seats (50% is merit seats), to charge five times the regular fees.(Pic for representation)
But two weeks ago, private institutes sought permission for all their quota seats, which constitutes 50% of the total seats (50% is merit seats), to charge five times the regular fees.(Pic for representation)

PG admissions: Private medical colleges in Maha seek 2 days to sort mess

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2018 07:37 PM IST
More than a month ago, FRA issued a notice to all private medical and dental institutes in the state asking them to stick to common fees for all their seats
More than a month ago, FRA had sent out a notice to all private medical and dental institutes in the state, asking them to stick to common fees for all their seats.(Pic for representation)
More than a month ago, FRA had sent out a notice to all private medical and dental institutes in the state, asking them to stick to common fees for all their seats.(Pic for representation)

Medical admissions chaos in Maharashtra: Private colleges allot 208 of 400 PG seats

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2018 10:37 AM IST
Last week, five institutes took part in the Common Admissions Process
Parents have requested the state body to adjust excess fees with the one charged from students of the same batch, without giving the advantage of lower fees to the next batch.(Pic for representation)
Parents have requested the state body to adjust excess fees with the one charged from students of the same batch, without giving the advantage of lower fees to the next batch.(Pic for representation)

Adjust fees of medical students from 2017-18 batch as well: Parents

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2018 11:52 PM IST
A delegation of parents has written to FRA, seeking clarity on adjusting excess fees charged by private medical institutes
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