Here‘s why the Forest Rights Act was never implemented efficiently

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The Supreme Court’s sudden orders on the eviction of potentially 1.89 million tribal and other forest-dwelling families and its stay following a review petition has refocused attention on how poorly the Forest Rights Act has been implemented. The 2006 law was meant to legally recognise the rights of tribals and others over forestlands they have traditionally inhabited.

This included not only rights to live on these lands but also to protect forests and sustainably utilise the resources that these lands generate. As the Union government admitted before the Supreme Court on …

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