IFP Bureau | IMPHAL
The Government of India is completely withdrawing the draft amendment to the Indian Forest Act, 1927 and tribal rights will be fully protected, Union Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar said in Delhi on Friday.
Javadekar said the central government for the past five years have always worked in the interests of tribal people and forest dwellers and as such will not give space to misgivings.
“We are completely withdrawing the draft amendment to the Indian Forests Act to remove any misgivings, the tribal rights will be protected fully and they will continue to be the important stakeholder in forest development,” Javadekar was quoted as saying in a PIB release.
He clarified that it was a techno-legal exercise by officials to carry out an assessment which sought suggestions from various states and the document was circulated to Principal Chief Conservator of Forests of each states.
Javadekar also highlighted the government’s commitment to enrich the livelihood of tribal people and forest dwellers.
“We have supported not only with finances and more welfare schemes but have also ensured Minimum Support price for their forest produce and have also allotted various hectares of land during this five years by giving them titles of ownership,” he said.
Welcoming the government’s move, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda said, “By withdrawing the draft amendment of Forest Act 1927, the Government of India reiterated the commitment that water-forest-land and tribal are synonymous with each other, their interests will not be ignored”.