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Centre’s freeze on forest rights in tiger zones to continue

DNDEL13968 | 1/8/2018 | Author : Nikhil M Ghanekar | WC :424 | India

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New Delhi: The Centre will continue its freeze on recognition of rights of tribals and other forest-dwellers over forest lands, as mandated under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, until the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) frame rules to identify critical wildlife habitats or inviolate areas, sources privy to developments said. The decision to not recognise rights under FRA was first taken up in March 2017 when NTCA sent a directive to the state governments.
The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), which recently held a meeting and a hearing with the NTCA on the issue, said that freezing of rights was not “the ultimate decision”. In a meeting on Jan
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