Establishment of committee to study the implementation of the Forest Rights Act 2006

The Minister of Environment and Forests, Mr. Jairam Ramesh had chaired a meeting of key officials within the Ministry on the 30th of January 2010 to discuss the implementation of the Forest Rights Act 2006. A second meeting was held on the 10th of February 2010 with high level representatives from within the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the Secretary of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs wherein the implications of the Forest Rights Act on sustainable forest management was discussed. In furtherance of those meetings, it was decided that the Ministry of Environment and Forests, jointly with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, would constitute a high level committee of experts to look at the issues of implementation, sustainable forest management and the protection/settlement of the rights of forest dwellers in detail. Therefore, in order to study and assess the impacts of THE SCHEDULED TRIBES AND OTHER TRADITIONAL FOREST DWELLERS (RECOGNITION OF FOREST RIGHTS) ACT, 2006, with regards to the Sustainable Management of Forest Resources, the Ministry of Environment and Forests in consultation with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, notify hereby, the Constitution and the Terms of Reference of a Committee as follows :