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Compilation of Forest Rights Act, Rules, and Guidelines Compiled by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme

This document contains the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA), Comprehensive Tribal Rules, and Guidelines on the implementation of the FRA. It also contains Annexures of forms to claim title for forest land under occupation, title to community forest rights and title to community forest resources, along with the format for furnishing quarterly reports. The document…

Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Area Act, 1996 (PESA) Enacted on December 24, 1996

The 73rd Amendment to the Indian Constitution provided for the three-tier Panchayat system under Part IX. Under the Amendment, Article 243M(4)(b) provided that the parliament may, by law, extend the provisions of the Panchayat system to the Scheduled Areas covered in Schedule V. The government established a High Level Committee under the chairmanship of Dilip…

Commitment to Forest Rights

Writ Petition: Wildlife First vs Union of India Volume I and II

In 2008, Wildlife First along with a few other NGOs filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court of India challenging the constitutional validity of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (the FRA). The Petition based this contention on following grounds: That the FRA was violative of Articles…

Wildlife Conservation group Wildlife Trust of India withdraws challenge to FRA, 2006 Withdrawal a vindication of Adivasis’ claims of a symbiotic relationship with Forests

In a significant step, the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), India’s foremost nature conservation organisation, has withdrawn from the array of parties who filed a petition in Supreme Court as long back as in 2008 challenging the constitutional validity of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights), Act 2006 (FRA, 2006).…

वन अधिकार रक्षकों के पक्ष में आया अलाहाबाद हाईकोर्ट का फ़ैसला आदेश है कि किसी दावेदार को न झेलनी पड़े परेशानी

वन अधिकार अधिनियम 2006 के तहत दावों को दर्ज करने वाले वन श्रमिकों और आदिवासियों के लिए हाईकोर्ट का ये आदेश एक बड़ी जीत की तरह है. अलाहाबाद उच्च न्यायालय ने अपने इस फैसले में न केवल वन अधिकारों को मान्यता दी है, बल्कि यह भी सुनिश्चित करने का आदेश दिया है कि दावेदारों के साथ…

Police Brutality against UP Adivasis

Allahabad HC stands by Forest Rights defenders Orders no claimant be harassed

In a big victory for forest workers and Adivasis who had been filing claims under the Forest Rights Act 2006, the Allahabad High Court has not only recognised forest rights, but also ruled that the harassment of claimants be brought to an end immediately.   Earlier this year the Swaraj Abhiyan Committee had discovered that 90…

Rahul Gandhi bats for Sukalo and Kismatiya Campaign by CJP and AIUFWP for Adivasis of Sonebhadra draws attention of political parties

A campaign by CJP and All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) for the release of dynamic forest rights movement leaders Sukalo Gond and Kismatiya Gond is gaining momentum every day. Now, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has tweeted expressing concern over their illegal arrest by Uttar Pradesh (UP) government and has appealed to Congress leaders and…

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