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Implementing the Forest Rights Act in Madhya Pradesh
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The Government of Madhya Pradesh has taken measures to implement the Forest Rights Act which aims to ensure that tribals and traditional forest dwellers obtain legal access to forest resources and protection from exploitation.

The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, commonly known as the Forests Rights Act (FRA), was enacted by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to correct the historic injustice done to forest-dwelling communities. These communities traditonally cultivate and occupy forest land and using forest produce, but also have no historical security over the land.

The Act recognises and vests individual forest-dwellers with forest rights to live in and cultivate forest land that was occupied before 13 Dec 2005 and grants community forest rights to manage, protect, and regenerate the forest.

In Madhya Pradesh, the forest dwellers have taken it upon themselves to actively engage in the effective operationalistion of this Act.

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