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Tribal ministry relents over Forest Rights Act

Intervention by Gadkari and Javadekar helped Maharashtra govt take control of forests back from tribals

Tribal ministry relents over Forest Rights Act

Setting a precedent for the entire country, the Union tribal affairs ministry has revised its views to re-interpret the Forest Rights Act (FRA) and allow the Maharashtra forest department to get control back over forest management and a grip on the lucrative trade worth crores in forest produce such as tendu leaves and bamboo. The ministry had previously concluded that only tribals and other forest dwellers had rights to manage their forests under FRA.   But after a meeting in November at the Cabinet Secretariat between the environment and the tribal affairs ministries, the latter ...