Calls for re-think on Forestry Act

Less than a month after the new government was sworn in in India, parliamentarians are calling for a rethink on the draft amendments to the Indian Forest Act, 1927. Principal among the concerns is that the National Forest Policy should be agreed before any amendment to the Indian Forest Act of 1927.

The draft amendment is controversial because it would classify commercial plantations as forests and because the amendment would authorise state governments to relocate people living in areas of forest where development or conservation efforts would be directed. -ITTO



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