Taking away forests: Tribal consent regulations to be diluted

Against nodal ministry's protest, under PMO guidance, MoEF prepares to largely remove need for gram sabha agreement to use or give away forest land


The central government is set to dilute the rights of tribals and other forest-dwelling communities, doing away with the present legal need for their consent while handing over their forest land to industry in large parts of the country. Business Standard has reviewed documents that detail how the government is to re-interpret the laws to allow this in all except Schedule V areas. The government plans to soon notify the changes, in effect leaving the power in many parts of the country to give away forest land with government officials and politicians in power at the Centre or states. The ...