Empowering the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers in the management of Forest resources

Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change have jointly decided to give more powers to the tribal communities in managing the forest resources. A “Joint Communication” to this effect is scheduled to be signed on July 6, at Indira Paryawaran Bhawan in New Delhi.

The signing ceremony will be held in a hybrid mode and will be attended by Forest Secretary, Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, Tribal Secretary, Anil Kumar Jha and revenue secretaries of all the states.

Minister for Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda and Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar will address the event which will also be attended by Minister of State for Environment, Babul Supriyo and Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Renuka Singh Saruta.

The Joint Communication, pertains to effective implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, which is commonly known as Forest Rights Act (FRA).

The Act recognizes and vests the forest rights and occupation in forest land in forest dwelling scheduled tribes (FDSTs) and other traditional forest dwellers (OTFDs) who have been residing in such forests for generations but whose rights could not be recorded and provides a framework for recording the forest rights so vested and the nature of evidence required for such recognition and vesting in respect of forest land.