Forest Rights Act

Rules and reality

Print edition : February 21, 2014

Forest dwellers march to Paderu near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, demanding land titles under the Forest Rights Act in July 2013. Photo: By Spcial Arrangement

An Odisha villager showing the land title deed he received under the FRA. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The FRA allows forest dwellers the right to minor forest produce and waterbodies but it is honoured more in the breach than in the observance. Photo: The Hindu Archives

While Forest Department officials deny forest dwellers their right to land and to collect minor produce, about two lakh hectares of forest land has been illegally handed over to corporations since January 2008. The story of how the Forest Rights Act has been obstructed and ignored by vested interests.
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