Amendments to the Forest Act: Forests over rights

Published : July 19, 2019 07:00 IST

Tribal people represented by Shramjeevi Sanghatana protest against the draft of the Indian Forest Act, 2019, in Thane on June 4. Photo: Vibhav Birwatkar

A tribal couple picking out “vippakaya” seeds collected from the forest in the Bhadrachalam area of Telangana. Photo: G.N. RAO

Tribal people collecting minor forest produce at Attapady in Kerala’s Palakkad district, a file picture. Photo: K.K. Mustafah

The BJP’s proposed amendments to the Forest Act give the Central and State governments untrammelled powers and militate against the hard-won rights of tribal communities.
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