Government of India proposed to change the Forest Conservation Act

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has sent a copy of the proposed amendments to all the states on October 02, seeking their objections and suggestions within 15 days. Sources have said that after considering these suggestions, a draft proposal will be prepared and placed before Parliament.

According to this proposal, the forests considered listed by the state governments till the year 1996 will continue to be considered as forest land.

Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 Amendment Proposal: Important Information

The Center has proposed to amend the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 to liberalize forest laws. The amendment, proposed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, also introduces stringent norms for forest conservation, by increasing penal provisions for offenses and maintaining “pristine forests”, where no circumstances exist. No non-forestry activity will be allowed in the

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has sent a copy of the proposed amendments to all the states of India on 02 October, seeking their objections and suggestions within 15 days. Sources have said that after considering these suggestions, a draft proposal will be prepared and placed before Parliament.

Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 Proposal to amend: Key Points

According to this proposal, the forests considered listed by the state governments till the year 1996 will continue to be considered as forest land. Such land acquired by the Ministries of Railways and Roads before 1980, on which the forest has now come, will no longer be treated as forest.

It was declared in the Forest (Conservation) Act (FCA), 1980 that, prior to the Supreme Court judgment of the year, 1996 in TN Godavarman Thirumulpad v. Union of India et al., forest land was the only one that was covered under the Forest Act of 1927. was defined by. But in this decision, the court included all those areas which are recorded as ‘forest’ in any government record, irrespective of the ownership, recognition and classification of these areas. However, the said ministry’s concept note mentions that, “The identification of such land is subjective and to some extent arbitrary… The right to use your land will be restricted.”

Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 Proposal to amend: Importance

Environment Secretary RP Gupta has said about this that, “It is particularly problematic in the case of railways and roads. These ministries have land but they cannot use it without the permission of MoEFCC and these permissions can take anywhere between 2-4 years, which can lead to a lot of delay”. He further added that, Plantations planted along the roads also fall under the category of deemed forests, thus “cutting off access to road facilities like petrol pumps… making the road unusable.” Therefore, we have removed this provision in the new amendment.”

The proposal also stated that, by encouraging plantation and afforestation, the amendment would “reduce inflows from foreign exchange for imports of timber and timber derivatives by approximately Rs 45,000 crore”.

Environment lawyer Ritwik Dutta noted that, “The ministry has called for consultations at the proposal level – which is rarely done… The provision to change the regulatory nature of the Act to prohibitory by bringing in stringent penal provisions is also welcome. But the ministry is facilitating diversion of forest land.”

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