Forest Rights Act, 2006 to be implemented in J&K
Part of: Prelims and GS III – Policies and interventions
Context The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to implement the Forest Rights Act, 2006.
- It will elevate the socio-economic status of tribals and nomadic communities, including Gujjar-Bakerwals and Gaddi-Sippis.
- The decision will address the prolonged suffering of tribal people and also ensure forest conservation.
About Forest rights act, 2006
- The law deals with the rights of forest-dwelling communities to land and other resources, denied to them over decades as a result of the continuance of colonial forest laws in India.
- Eligibility is confined to those who “primarily reside in forests” and who depend on forests and forest land for a livelihood.
- Further, either the claimant must be a member of the Scheduled Tribes scheduled in that area or must have been residing in the forest for 75 years.
News source: TH