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India to see ‘big conflicts’ over forest land despite new law activist claims

Parts of India have been wracked by social conflicts

By: Eastern Eye Staff

INDIAN officials have been slow to implement a landmark law giving rights to forests to indigenous people because they view it as a handicap to development projects spurring expansion in the fast-growing economy, a land rights campaigner said. The 2006 Forest Rights Act aims to improve the lives of impoverished tribes by recognising their right to inhabit and live off forests where their forefathers settled. Under the law, at least 150 million people could have their rights recognised to a minimum of 40 million hectares (154,400 sq miles) of forest land, the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) estimated. But the…

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