FRA cases: Review of rejected cases complete, number reduces considerably

Business Standard | June 19, 2019

The number of cases where tribal and non-tribal dwellers could be evicted from forest lands has “reduced considerably” after a review of rejected claims for ownership rights under the Forest Rights Act, officials said Wednesday.

The Supreme Court on February 13 had ordered eviction of 11.8 lakh “illegal forest dwellers” whose claim for land rights had been rejected by authorities. However, on February 28, it stayed the ruling and directed states to file affidavits detailing the process adopted in rejecting the claims. Read more

Language gap in policy making needs bridging

Down to Earth | Bijayashree Satpathy, Sruthy Bharathan | June 04, 2019

For active participation of tribal communities in policy dialogues, subaltern language are indispensable

India is a land of multiplicities and the formulation of policies in the country has a long history. Time and again there have been changes in the objective of various policies from regulation to community participation to sustainability. In this, language plays an important role.

The policies and legislations are made available to the public in English and Hindi. And, some states have these documents in their respective regional languages. These standardised regional languages are used in every level of administrative, business and social intercourse. Read more

IFA amendments push back reforms in India’s forest governance

line Mint | June 19, 2019

  • However, the IFA amendments completely negate this idea of democratic governance of forests
  • The IFA amendments promote privatisation of forests by seeking to create ‘production forests’ for privatized commercial exploitation at a large scale

After the 1990s, the enactment of Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA) and Forest Rights Act (FRA) by the government in response to movements by tribal and forest- dwelling communities established a new paradigm of democratic governance seeking to correct historical injustice. It did so by restoring rights to forest dwelling communities and by empowering Gram Sabhas to govern and manage forests. Read more

Roadmap for reconsideration of rejected claims under FRA sought

The Hindu | Visakhapatnam | June 18, 2019

‘74,364 pleas on individual rights over 1.38 lakh acres rejected in State’

A roundtable organised by Girijana Sangham affiliated to Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch on Monday demanded that a roadmap for reconsidering the rejected claims under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) be announced by the government and no girijan be displaced.

Participating in the programme, former bureaucrat E.A.S. Sarma said the schedule should be announced and the rejected applications should be undertaken by grama sabhas again. Read more

UP forest dept cites stayed SC order for eviction

Down To Earth | Ishan Kukreti | June 17, 2019

Although activists and forest dwellers could resist this attempt, the notice that came a day after still didn’t have any mention of the stay

The Uttar Pradesh Forest Department last week tried to evict scores of forest dwellers whose forest rights claims didn’t pass muster, citing a Supreme Court order, activists claimed. The catch: the apex court itself had stayed its order.

The department’s personnel on June 14, 2019, tried to evict 99 villagers at Bhagwatpur in Saharanpur district’s behat block. Their claims (out of a total 133 in the village) under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006 [FRA] were rejected in 2015. Read more

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