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Maharashtra government takes back control of forest trade

Move comes even as an RSS-affiliated organisation opposed such regulations

Maharashtra government takes back control of forest trade

The Maharashtra government has finalised regulations to allow it to wrest  from tribals the control of the forest trade in goods such as bamboo and tendu leaves, worth thousands of crore annually. This means the government will also manage  potentially 80 per cent of community forestlands in the state.  The regulations came after the Union tribal affairs ministry’s volte-face on interpreting the Forest Rights Act (FRA). The FRA gives tribal and other forest-dwellers’ gram sabhas (village councils) the sole statutory authority to manage, protect and utilise ...