Implementation of Forest Rights
Those who are entitled to forest rights- under Scheduled Tribes & Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights Act, 2006), are Forest-dwelling Scheduled Tribes (FDSTs), who primarily reside in and depend on forest land for livelihood needs, and Other traditional forest-dwellers (OTFDs), which is any community which has resided in and has depended on forest land for at least 3 generations (75 years) prior to 13.12.2005. These rights may be held under individual or community tenure or both. It includes the right to hold and live in the forest land for habitation or self-cultivation for livelihood; the right to ownership, access to collect, use, and dispose of minor forest produce which have been traditionally collected; the rights for conversion of Pattas/leases/grants issued by local authority/State government on forest lands into Titles; the rights to in situ rehabilitation, including alternative land, in cases where the STs or OTFDs have been illegally evicted or displaced from forest land.
Several tribal rights organisations have filed impleadment applications before the Supreme Court to become parties to the ongoing PIL to ensure that no adverse orders are passed against tribals without hearing their voices. The impleadment applications also lay down the issues in implementation of the Forest Rights Act and contain state-specific data as well as national trends.
Impleadment Applications filed Statewise
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The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA 2006) was enact ...read more
Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 or in short, the Forest ...read more
Background of the Forest Rights ActIn its preamble, the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognit ...read more
The passage of the Forest Rights Act (FRA) promised the reversal of a major ‘historical injustice’ which dates back ...read more
Trends and Directions in the Implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Rights) Act, 2006 after Twelve Years
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